The book and a follow-up novel were purchased by Walker in a deal said to be worth six figures. The story, which has been described as “Stranger Things meets Sabrina The Teenage Witch”, centres on Irish teenager Maeve Chambers. Lonely, after falling out with her best friends a few years before, she finds a tarot deck - and a gift for magic.
O’Donoghue has had quite a year already - she was a contributor to the now-defunct US website The Pool which closed suddenly earlier in 2019. She tweeted about the change in her life that happened with head-spinning speed.
My luck has turned around so quickly that I have whiplash. I feel so emotional about how fantastic life can be sometimes. Thank you to star agent @BryonyWoods & @WalkerBooksUK for seeing something in me— Caroline O'Donoghue (@Czaroline) April 2, 2019
While All Our Hidden Gifts is her first foray into the world of YA, it’s not Caroline’s first novel - Virago published the acclaimed Promising Young Women in 2018. As well as contributing to The Times Ireland, Grazia and other titles, O'Donoghue also hosts the Sentimental Garbage podcast which focuses on that oft-underappreciated genre, chick lit.