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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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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 is about father, son relationships, an all too rare subject for novelists to explore, as well as what home and holiday really mean to us. An absolute gem.
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 clash of generations; about how families break apart and come together again; about how living abroad can feel less like a long holiday and more of a life sentence.Eamonn’s father has never been abroad then he turns up, pretty much unannounced, at Eamonn’s villa expecting a lovely time with Eamonn and his wife. But the villa is really a building site and there is no wife to be seen...A great comic novel from Costa Award Winning What Was Lost. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for 'Mr Lynch's Holiday' a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'Mr Lynch's holiday was delightful...I loved this beautiful book and even shed a tear. The perfect read for the summer holidays.' Sarah Davis. Scroll down to read more reviews.
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 questions in an accessible way, and is laugh-out-loud funny, genuinely moving and ultimately uplifting.
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 your feet from the very first page - O'Flynn reveals her clues tantalisingly in this poignant story of love and loss."
A stolen phone and an unruly dog; a buried lunchbox and an antique children's book. Unlikely young detectives Lori and Max must dig through layers of lies to solve two mysteries.
Lori wants to be a detective, but so far the most exciting mystery she has solved is the disappearance of her nan's specs down the side of the sofa. Max is the new girl at school and Lori is asked to look after her. Max is odd. She doesn't fit in - but then, Lori realises, she doesn't really fit in either. When some charity money goes missing and Max disappears, Lori seems to be the only person who doesn't think Max has stolen it and run away. Even the police don't want to investigate and suddenly Lori finds she has a real crime on her hands.
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.