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Catherine Ryan Howard

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Catherine Ryan Howard is an internationally bestselling crime writer from Cork, Ireland. Her debut novel, DISTRESS SIGNALS, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey/New Blood Dagger. THE LIAR'S GIRL (2018) was shortlisted for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. REWIND (2019) was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year and is currently being developed for screen by Clerkenwell Films (Misfits, Lovesick, The End of the F***ing World.) THE NOTHING MAN was a no. 1 Irish Times bestseller and a no. 1 Kindle bestseller (UK) and was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Her next novel, 56 DAYS, will be published in August 2021. It is a thriller set in lockdown that Catherine wrote while she was in lockdown.

Prior to writing full-time, Cat

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Catherine Ryan Howard In November 2011 the Guardian newspaper in the UK/Ireland had a cover story in their 'Weekend' magazine about a British woman who had disappeared from…moreIn November 2011 the Guardian newspaper in the UK/Ireland had a cover story in their 'Weekend' magazine about a British woman who had disappeared from a Disney cruise ship. My mother had read it and saved it for me because I used to work in Walt Disney World in Orlando and she thought the Disney connection would interest me. The story was tragic and unsettling - but what really struck me about the piece was that it mentioned something called the International Cruise Victims organisation, a U.S.-based lobby group. I'd never been on a cruise at that stage, but I had what I think are typical ideas about cruise holidays: sun, fun and endless buffets at sea. So what was this group about? Victims of what? And why were there so many of them that this group (clearly) needed to exist? I started researching cruise ship disappearances and maritime law, and what I discovered shocked me. Another part of my brain, the wannabe-crime-writer part of my brain, also thought, 'A cruise ship is the perfect place to get away with murder.' That's how the idea for DISTRESS SIGNALS was born.(less)
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The Liar's Girl

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Greetings from the road! I’m in the last week of what feels like a month of travelling: I went from a week teaching crime writing at West Cork Lit Fest to a fun-filled 24 hours at Harrogate, to Geneva to teach plotting at a writing retreat on Lake Annecy to, as of today, officially being on holiday somewhere sunny. (And… relax.) But I wanted to share with you the utterly amazing – and seriously cr

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Opening of BACKPACKED: A Reluctant Trip Across Central America (Select)
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Description: The prologue of my new travel memoir, BACKPACKED. A flash-forward to half-way through my trip and the middle of a night in the dusty, hot town of Choluteca, Honduras, I wonder how it is that I, the most reluctant backpacker ever, ended up here...
Chapter One of Mousetrapped: A Year and A Bit in Orlando, Florida (Travel)
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Description: The story of how I came to be working in Walt Disney World is actually all Stephen King's fault. Yes, THAT Stephen King. No, really. Well, him and the Ebola virus. It's a long story...
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“These are no dark magicians. They have no special skills. People seem to forget that we know their names because they got caught. In fact, the only remarkable thing about them is what they took from the world: their victims. It’s their names we should know.”
Catherine Ryan Howard, The Nothing Man

“I didn’t want to go but I had no choice in the matter. I was too young and too numb to recall the journey, leaving me utterly lost, disoriented, and unable to find my way back. I’m still here. Until recently, I had resigned myself to the fact that I would be forever. But something unexpected has happened. A visitor has arrived and he knows the way back. He says he’ll take me with him. We leave soon. I’m finally getting to go home.”
Catherine Ryan Howard, The Nothing Man



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