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Catherine O'Flynn - Author

About the Author

Catherine Flynn's adult novel What Was Lost was the winner of the Costa First Novel Award, the Newcomer Award at the Nibbies, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and long-listed for the Orange and Booker prizes. Lori and Max is her first book for children.

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Lori and Max and the Book Thieves

Lori and Max and the Book Thieves

Author: Catherine O'Flynn Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/03/2021

Mr Lynch's Holiday

Mr Lynch's Holiday

Author: Catherine O'Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Mr Lynch's Holiday is the new comic novel by Catherine O'Flynn, the bestselling and prize-winning author of What Was Lost and The News Where You Are. 'I'm looking forward to seeing you and Laura and getting my first taste of abroad .' Eamonn Lynch stares at the letter announcing his father's imminent arrival. His first thought: I'll make an excuse, I'll put him off. But it's too late. Laura has left, and Dermot is already here, a fresh arrival from Ireland to southern Spain. Now it's just the two of them, father and son, for two long, hot weeks. Neither knows quite what to make of the other. But as they are swept up in the British expats' ceaseless barbecuing and bickering, they begin to discover the truth about why each left home and about the family past. At the same time they uncover a shocking, unacknowledged secret at the heart of this defiant but beleaguered community. Mr Lynch's Holiday is the moving story of a father and son pushed together in sunny Spain. With warmth and wit it is about the clash of generations; about how families fracture and heal themselves; and about how living abroad can be less like a holiday and more like a life sentence. 'An awesomely talented writer' Jonathan Coe 'Delightful ... a rare love story between a father and a son' Sunday Telegraph 'Subtle, clever and thoroughly enjoyable' Sunday Mirror 'A remarkable and original writer ... tenderness, warmth, thoughtfulness and comic genius are words that are flung around a lot, but it's more than that. She flinches at nothing and is as sharp as dammit' Fay Weldon, Observer 'A flow of laugh-aloud satire ... sharp enough to rank her with Mark Haddon and Marina Lewckya' Independent on Sunday on The News Where You Are Catherine O'Flynn was born in 1970 and raised in Birmingham, the youngest of six children. Her debut novel, What Was Lost, won the Costa First Novel Award, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and was longlisted for the Booker and Orange Prizes. Her second novel, The News Where You Are, was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize and an Edgar Allen Poe Award.

Stuart Whipps Why Contribute to the Spread of Ugliness?

Stuart Whipps Why Contribute to the Spread of Ugliness?

Author: Catherine O'Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/02/2012

The News Where You Are

The News Where You Are

Author: Catherine O'Flynn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/12/2010

Catherine O'Flynn, author of the Man Booker prize winning What Was Lost offers a 'funny, moving, acutely observed story about family and loss' in The News Where You Are. Frank Allcroft, a regional TV news presenter, has just had a ratings boost. His puns, a website declares, makes him 'the unfunniest man on God's Earth'. Mortified colleagues wonder how he stands being a public joke. But Frank doesn't mind. As long as Andrea and Mo, his wife and eight-year-old daughter, are happy, who gives a stuff what others think? Besides, Frank has a couple of other matters on his mind. He has taken to investigating the death of Phil, his (actually quite funny) predecessor, killed in a mysterious hit and run six months ago. Also, he's telling Mo about the architect grandfather she never met by taking her to see vanished and soon-to-be-vanished buildings. Because Frank knows that it is between what we see and what we can't, what has gone and what's left behind, that the answers lie. . . Very funny, warm and moving, The New Where You Are is a story of family, friendship and trying to reconnect with the past before it is gone. 'Under the wisecracking surface . . . surprisingly profound' The Times 'A flow of laugh-out-loud satire' Independent on Sunday 'Awesomely talented' Tatler 'Seriously uplifting, hilarious. A funny, moving, acutely observed story about family and loss. A pleasurable, satisfying gem of a novel' Scotland on Sunday 'A blend of Dickens and Alan Bennett. I loved it' Fay Weldon 'A comic genius' Daily Mail Catherine O'Flynn was born in 1970 and raised in Birmingham, the youngest of six children. Her parents ran a sweet shop. She worked briefly in journalism, then at a series of shopping centres. She has also been a web editor, a postwoman and a mystery shopper.

News Where You Are

News Where You Are

Author: Catherine O'Flynn Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 06/07/2010

Frank Allcroft, a television news anchor in his hometown, is on the verge of a midlife crisis. Beneath his famously corny on-screen persona, Frank is haunted by loss: the mysterious hit-and-run that killed his predecessor and friend, Phil, and the ongoing demolition of his architect father's monumental postwar buildings. And then there are the things he can't seem to lose, no matter how hard he tries: his home, for one, on the market for years; and the nagging sense that he will never quite be the son that his mother-newly ensconced in an assisted-living center-wanted. As Frank uncovers the shocking truth behind Phil's death and comes to terms with his domineering father's legacy, it is his beloved young daughter, Mo, who points him toward the future. This spirited literary mystery is a funny and moving exploration of what we do and don't leave behind.

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