Cecelia Ahern just confirmed the PS I Love You sequel we’ve been waiting for

Tissues at the ready: acclaimed author Cecelia Ahern has confirmed that she’s written the sequel to her much-loved tearjerker of a novel, PS I Love You.

‘I have BIG NEWS!’ she wrote to her followers on Twitter. ‘I’ve written the sequel to PS I LOVE YOU – titled POSTSCRIPT. POSTSCRIPT will be published September 19th in the UK & Ireland. I hope you’ll welcome back Holly… & Gerry… & that reading it will be as emotional for you as it was for me.’

Cecelia Ahern, PS I Love You sequel
Author Cecelia Ahern announced the news on Twitter. Image: Rex Features

PS I Love You was the Irish writer’s first novel, and was published in 2004. It reached number one bestseller status in several countries, including the UK, United States, Germany and the Netherlands, and has sold a staggering 1.14 million copies to date.

The touching story follows Holly Kennedy, whose husband Gerry dies suddenly of a brain tumour, leaving her stricken by grief. She then receives a package of ten envelopes from him, containing heartfelt messages and all signed off with the phrase ‘PS I Love You’, and slowly learns to navigate life without her other half, with his posthumous words as her guide.

The book proved so popular that it was later turned into an equally tear-inducing movie starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler in 2007, and now, 12 years later, fans will get the follow-up they’d been hoping for.

Postscript will return to Holly seven years after the death of her husband, when she discovers a group calling themselves the PS I Love You Club.

‘Inspired by hearing about her late husband Gerry’s letters, the club wants Holly to help them with their own parting messages for their loved ones to discover after they’re gone,’ the synopsis reads.

‘Holly is sure of one thing – no way is she being dragged back to the grief she has left behind. It’s taken seven years to reinvent herself, and she’s ready to move on with her life. But Holly comes to realise that when you love someone, there’s always one more thing to say…’

PS I Love You sequel
P.S. I Love You was turned into a film starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler in 2007. Image: Rex Features

In an official statement to The Bookseller, Ahern added: ‘Postscript is the PS to my PS and while it is a sequel, it is also a story that stands alone about living a purposeful life in the face of illness, grief and loss. I hope that new readers and PS, I Love You fans alike will embrace Holly’s new journey.’

Postscript will be published by HarperCollins on 19th September 2019