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Pauline McLynn grew up in Galway, and first started acting while studying history of art at Trinity College, Dublin. She shot to fame playing the inimitable Mrs Doyle in Father Ted, and has appeared in numerous other film, television and stage roles. She divides her time between London and Dublin where she lives with her husband.
'Reading Pauline McLynn's ambitious new novel is like watching the pieces of a puzzle slot together with a series of satisfying clicks. The Time is Now is a fascinating shift for McLynn, who has developed a lot as a writer since her amiable debut... This compelling, intelligent and moving novel bodes well for the future' Irish Times
As Mrs Doyle in Father Ted Pauline McLynn made us roll around laughing and as a novelist she has the same gift. This is a comedy, family drama and romantic novel all rolled in to one told with warmth and wit and perfect to settle down with on a cold winter evening.
A woman gets off a bus and completely disrupts the village she lands in. Full of humour, it touches on alcoholism, infidelity, loss and hope. The style is gentle and charming with real Irish warmth. It is the best thing she has written. In fact, after writing crime capers she has at last found her forte. You may know her as Mrs Doyle in Father Ted or as a comedian, now know her as a novelist for she is well worth trying. A beautiful read. Comparison: Morag Prunty, Marian Keyes, Claire Calman.