The News Where You Are
O’Flynn’s second novel is also set in the Midlands but is about remembrance. Frank Allcroft is a presenter on the local TV news programme Heart Of England Reports. Frank is something of a local legend, not through any journalistic scoop but because of the terrible jokes he uses as links between items.
He inherited these, along with their writer Cyril, from his predecessor Phil Smethway, who died 15 years bef...more
Catherine O' Flynn has written a novel that is both entertaining and thought provoking. Peopled with authentic, well drawn, sometimes very funny characters. Frank a middle aged local news presenter is an unambitious family man who concerns himself with the sad, lonely deaths of people he didn't know. Frank pays the rather pathetic Cyril to write terrible one liners for him that h...more
Although everything about it screams "pleasantly middlebrow British character dramedy," readers of the Booker-nominated Catherine O'Flynn's latest, The News Where You Are, should brace themselves for something a lot darker and more depressing; for in telling this story of an aging local TV news anchor, who...more
O’Flynn also manages to season her books with totally palatable sprink...more
"The News Where You Are" starts with a walk, a revelation, and a death. Six months later, Frank and Mo, his eight year old daughter, visit the building that Frank's father designed, the building that will soon be demolished. Frank takes a picture of Mo standing in front of the building in an effort to prove, if even just to himself, that the building will be remembered.
This pattern of Frank feeling the need to remember the forgotten appears in almos...more
Loss is a major theme in this book, as it was with her first novel. In this book, our "hero" Frank Allcroft is dealing with loss on all sorts of levels--the loss of his architect father's buildings (which are b...more
The News Where You Are, by Catherine O'Flynn, begins as a gentle character study of an aging news anchor, popular to viewers but something of a joke to his colleagues. Off the air, Frank Allcroft spends his time obsessively analyzing parts of his life: the legacy of his deceased father, his depressed mother, and his unfulfilling job. After the death of a close friend, he suddenly feels untethered and lost. To ease his conscience about the superficial nature of his job, Frank makes a habit of ta...more
This is the story about Frank, a news anchor who has been in the business for 20 years. He likes where he is and never wanted to be bigger. He is also a joke, a man famous for bad one-liners. Something that he inherited from his mentor and friend, but he never did get them right. Now Phil is dead, in a strange accident. An...more
In the early pages the gentle fun is amusing. Frank, the anchor who is never going to make the break on to national screens, has his coun...more
Sadly, I dont think that this one is anywhere near as good as the first. Although an easy enough read, I found it lacked suspense and the plot was just a little bit silly to be believable. One character stood out for me, that was Mo, the small daughter of Frank, the main character. Mo, like the...more
Our anti-hero of sorts is Frank Allcroft, presenter on a regional TV news programme. Frank seems quite accepting of his rather dull job presenting rather dull stories to an indifferent public. Ironically it is his "dul...more
"Sommige mensen zeggen dat ze de aanwezigheid van de doden voelen.Ze merken dat er iets in de lucht verandert en ze weten dat hun dode echtgenoot naast hen staat,....., dat hun dode vrouw nog steeds met de berg strijkgoed worstelt.
Sins Elsies dood heeft hij haar aanwezigheid niet één keer gevoeld. Hij zag de laatste ademtocht haar lichaam verlaten en toen veranderde de wereld. Ze was er niet meer....more
Don't get me wrong it's a good book, with some lighthearted satire about the changing landscape and social culture of a city (its depiction of Birmingham is pitch perfect, but thematically, it could be anywhere).
But it's missing something...more
The themes in the book are very subtly presented. What does it mean to be remembered after you are dead? Is that important? How do we as the living show our appreciation of the dead and the past they embody? How do we balance our attention...more
When I first picked up this book, it was just to have a look through and read the first sentence, but an hour or so later I found myself still reading, completely immersed in the world O'Flynn had created. Her prose was engaging right from the first sentence, flowing along on a mixture of comedy and pathos. The writing was deceptively simple, belying the deep subject matter - namely an exploration of what remains behind after us when we...more
There was one "twist" (or perhaps just a shock) which I hadn't anticipated, and actually hadn't thought it was to be the type of book that held surprises. Apart from that it was understated, thoughtful and melancholy. The words were all suffused with loss, with longing for the past, the inability to move on or let go, the s...more
The cover of this book is striking. I really like the picture and the colouring.
The book is witty and humorous and the characters are instantly likeable but if you scratch the surface of the humour there is a more serious message underneath - what is our legacy...more
This is a little book, seemingly simple on its surface but deeply rich when you turn a closer eye to it. The surface is about Frank, a local British newscaster for a regional news show, and his reactions to the death of his famous predecessor, the demolition of some buildings his father spent his life designing, the reality of his depressed mother in a nursing home, and moving his family from the country to the city. But the undercurrent of it all deals with, essentially, what we do...more
O 'flynn is very good at the humdrum and the lives of little people ie ; most of us . she somehow manages to convey magic to the ordinary .
this is a sad melancholic tale of loss , the past , disappointment , getting old and suicide . do not read on a bleak November Sunday afternoon .
the writer is very good at depicting the hollow atmosphere of a modern town centre and as in her first n...more
"He feels her absence, though, all the time. It's there in specific t...more
I listened to The News Where You Are as a book on tape and found it an excellent slice of life book. Not really much of a mystery, despite its nomination for an Edgar this year, it tells the story of a news anchor trying to figure out the somewhat puzzling death of a former co-worker who has gone on to bigger and better things. I really enjoyed the repartee, laughing out loud a few times. Frank, the protagonist, is just trying to figure things out. His 8 year old daughter is very precocious and...more
Her debut novel, What Was Lost, won the Costa First Novel Award, was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, The Commonwealth Writers' Prize and The Southbank Show Literature Award. It was longlisted for the Booker and Orange Prizes. She was named Waterstone’s Newcomer of the Year at the 2008 Galaxy British Book Awards.
Her second novel T...more