As he heads for Enniskillen this Saturday the author behind a book on the RHI scandal has said former first minister Arlene Foster must be prepared to face the “uncomfortable truth” as to why Stormont was broken before it collapsed almost three years ago.

Burned by News Letter journalist Sam McBride has already become a publishing phenomenon this year with bookshops across Northern Ireland and in Fermanagh scrambling to keep the book on shelves and its publisher having to print more copies.

The book uncovers multiple elements of the RHI scandal and reports in detail on Sir Patrick Coghlin's public inquiry which exposed not only some of some of our most powerful figures but revealed problems that go to the very heart of how Northern Ireland is governed.

Mr. McBride also focuses on Mrs. Foster, a Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA, who incidentally features on the cover of his debut book.

“Arlene Foster is on the cover of this book and anyone who reads the book will realise that there is good reason for that.

“It is unfortunate that Mrs. Foster has said that she will not read Burned because if she did so, she would find that it is not some sort of hatchet job attacking her or her party but a genuine attempt to piece together how and why Stormont was so broken.

"Unless she and others are prepared to face that uncomfortable truth, then any return to Stormont would be built on sand and none of us will benefit from that,” he said.

Mr. McBride will sign copies of his best selling book at Eason in Enniskillen on Saturday (November 9) at 2pm.

"I'm delighted to be coming to Enniskillen on Saturday to meet some of those who have followed this story and who have been part of the remarkable public appetite for news about a scandal which has already had such an impact on Northern Ireland.

"I have been stunned by the public reaction to this book and my publisher has been working overtime with printers in Dublin, England and Sweden to produce copies of Burned as quickly as possible to meet demand.

"I hope that if politicians and civil servants see that the public care about good governance - and not just about orange and green issues - that they will respond by changing some of their behaviour.”