Edel Coffey

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Edel Coffey

Edel’s debut novel Breaking Point was acquired by Darcy Nicholson, Editorial Director at Sphere in September 2020 after a multi-publisher auction, book will be a super-lead title for 2022.

Edel is an Irish journalist and broadcaster. She lives in Galway with her husband and children.

She began work as an arts journalist and editor with the Sunday Tribune. She has since worked as a presenter and reporter with RTE Radio, editor of the Irish Independent Weekend magazine and as Books Editor of the Irish Independent.

Her debut Breaking Point tells the story of Susannah, a frighteningly successful doctor with a husband and two young children. One morning, she leaves her youngest in the car, only realising when it is too late. From this harrowing beginning, unfolds a gruelling court case where Susannah is tried for negligence in the court room and for daring to try to have it all in the media – it is a modern witch hunt. Edel’s debut is at once a thrilling suspense novel with the requisite twists and turns and a rumination on what it means to be a successful woman with children in the world today.

Praise for “Breaking Point”


‘I read Breaking Point overnight and knew it was something we had to bring in as a superlead title for the Sphere list; I can already see book clubs debating the trial verdict long into the night. And we have here not only a phenomenal debut novel but a phenomenal debut novelist – Edel is a consummate professional and I’m looking forward to all the success coming her way over the years to come.’

Darcy Nicholson


‘Breaking Point is raw, compelling, and groundbreaking; Coffey puts the life of working mothers under a microscope. To say I loved it is an understatement, I expect it will be a huge success.’ 

Liz Nugent


‘A rare treat, an emotional thriller steeped in humanity. I read it in a single sitting!’

John Boyne


‘Gripping, unswerving, heart-breaking, you'll read this book through parted fingers - and learn a crucial lesson as you go.’ 

Celia Walden


‘Really enjoyed this terrifyingly plausible debut, with much to say about parental guilt and how society treats working motherhood’ 

Katherine Faulkner