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Gillian Flynn was born in Kansas City, Missouri to two community-college professors—her mother taught reading; her father, film. For college, she headed to the University of Kansas (go Jayhawks), where she received her undergraduate degrees in English and journalism.

After a two-year stint writing about human resources for a trade magazine in California (ask her anything about work-life benefits or employment law), Flynn moved to Chicago. There she earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and discovered that she was way too wimpy to make it as a crime reporter.

On the other hand, she was a movie geek with a journalism degree—so she moved to New York City and joined Entertainment Weekly magazine, where she wrote happily for 10 years, visiting film sets around the world (to New Zealand for The Lord of the Rings, to Prague for The Brothers Grimm, to somewhere off the highway in Florida for Jackass: The Movie). During her last four years at EW, Flynn was the TV critic (all-time best TV show: The Wire).

Flynn’s debut novel, the literary mystery Sharp Objects, was an Edgar Award finalist and the winner of two of Britain’s Dagger Awards—the first book ever to win multiple Daggers in one year. It has been published in more than 20 countries. Movie rights have been sold; Flynn is currently writing the screenplay adaptation.

Flynn lives in Chicago with her husband, Brett Nolan, and a giant black cat named Roy.

If you like Gillian Flynn you might also like to read books by Cath Staincliffe, Simon Lelic and Helen Fitzgerald.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Gillian Flynn

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places
Gillian Flynn
This is a thriller with a very dark edge, sinister and gripping. Was Libby’s brother, Ben, really responsible for the murder of their parents and will the truth be more painful to bear? A compelling read. Now a major motion...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/01/2016
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
The book that has taken the world by storm, now a huge film starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Brilliant, scintillating, dark and manipulative, packed with twists and turns this is every bit as good as everyone says it is....
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/09/2014
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl
Gillian Flynn
Winner of the Specsavers International Author of the Year 2013. One of the Richard and Judy Spring 2013 Book Club selections. What really did happen to Nick's beautiful wife? And what was in that half-wrapped box left so casually on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/01/2013
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places
Gillian Flynn
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2009. Since last years Sharp Objects came out we have been eagerly awaiting the new book from Gillian Flynn and we have not been disappointed. This is a thriller with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/06/2010
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places
Gillian Flynn
Shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2009. CWA Judges’ comments: 'Exceptionally good, mystery thriller that surprises to the end. The central character is beautifully drawn and the structure of the book - the two time scales working...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/05/2009
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects
Gillian Flynn
A dark, disturbing and intelligent thriller with elements of Heathers, Donna Tartt and The Bitch Goddess Notebook.
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/09/2007

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