Leona Forde

Genres: Children | Cork | Debut | Fiction | Irish Writing | Novel | West Cork

Leona Forde is an English and History teacher from Bandon, County Cork, and Milly McCarthy is a Complete Catastrophe is her debut novel. She wrote Milly McCarthy for her daughter, who wanted to read a Wimpy Kid style story but not one set in the US or UK. Leona is married with four children and is currently writing a sequel entitled Milly McCarthy and the Irish Dancing Disaster. Milly McCarthy is a Complete Catastrophe was published by Gill Books in March 2023.


It is illustrated by Karen Harte, an illustrator, comic creator and visual designer from Dublin. Karen has worked with a variety of clients such as Positive Period Ireland, Girls Rock Dublin, Fighting Words, Dublin Feminist Film Festival and more.


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