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Catherine O'Flynn - Author

Catherine O'Flynn, the youngest of six children, was born and raised in Birmingham, where her parents ran a sweet shop. She worked in a variety of jobs including teacher, postwoman, retail assistant, journalist and mystery shopper before becoming a novelist. 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 Prize and the Orange Prize. She was named Waterstone’s Newcomer of the Year in 2008 at the Galaxy British Book Awards. Her short stories and articles have featured in Granta magazine, Good Housekeeping and on Radio 4. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and daughter.

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If you like Catherine O'Flynn you might also like to read books by Marina Lewycka, Louise Doughty and Jonathan Coe.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Catherine O'Flynn

Mr Lynch's Holiday by Catherine O'Flynn
Mr Lynch's Holiday
Catherine O'Flynn
Catherine O’Flynn’s debut, What Was Lost, is one of the most brilliant first novels of recent years so Mr Lynch’s Holiday, her third novel, has a lot to live up to. It doesn’t disappoint. At its heart the book...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
Mr Lynch's Holiday by Catherine O'Flynn
Reader Reviewed Mr Lynch's Holiday
Catherine O'Flynn
August 2013 Book of the Month. With laugh-aloud satire Mr Lynch's Holiday, from the Galaxy British Book Newcomer of the Year in 2008, is a very funny and moving story about the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2013
The News Where You Are by Catherine O'Flynn
The News Where You Are
Catherine O'Flynn
Featured on The TV Book Club on 13 Feb 2011. The News Where You Are tells the funny, touching story of Frank, a local TV news presenter. The result is that rare thing: a page-turning novel which asks the big...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/12/2010
What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn
What Was Lost
Catherine O'Flynn
Winner of the Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2007.Costa Book Awards 2007 Judges' comment: "Hugely compelling and inventive, it pulls the rug from under...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/05/2007

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