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Catherine O'Flynn

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Catherine O'Flynn, born in 1970, is a British writer.

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 The News Where You Are, published in 2010, was shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, an Edgar Allen Poe Award and was a Channel 4 TV Book Club selection.

Her third novel Mr Lynch's Holiday is published in 2013.


Objects in the distance

Far-fetched.


If you say it over and over you become Danish, or olde-English. Sophisticated people prefer to say ‘implausible’ or maybe more vaguely ‘troubling’. It sounds a bit gauche to say ‘far fetched’. It’s the kind of thing a ten year old, revelling in a newly developed skepticism, might say to a younger sibling about the plotline of a Lassie film. They turn and pull a new kind of face. A s...

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What Was Lost

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The News Where You Are

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Mr Lynch's Holiday

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Roads Ahead

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San Francisco

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" Bob wrote: "Did you know that was literally on TCM a week ago? We had never heard of it, but watched it because of so many people like you on the TCM ...more "
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“Our absence is what remains of us.”
Catherine O'Flynn, The News Where You Are

“He was glad some of the pain was fading, had already faded so much since the first year. But it seemed more to be a trade off: with the pain went details and memories. People had said, ‘Time heals,’ but he realized time didn’t heal, time just eroded and confused, and he didn’t think that was the same thing at all.”
Catherine O'Flynn, What Was Lost

“I don’t know – I suppose if you’re very unhappy at home, anywhere is better than there.”
Catherine O'Flynn, What Was Lost




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