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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.

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Lori & Max

Lori & Max, my first novel for children is published by Firefly Press in a couple of weeks. Just got copies today which is pretty exciting. The book is inspired partly by my own history as a (failed) child detective which I recently wrote about in the FT Weekend magazine. I’m going to be talking about Lori & Max in various picturesque settings over the next few weeks, so if you’re nearby, or want

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What Was Lost

3.48 avg rating — 5,395 ratings — published 2007 — 41 editions
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The News Where You Are

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Mr Lynch's Holiday

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Lori and Max

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Roads Ahead

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San Francisco

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Lo que perdimos

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“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.”
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“I don’t know – I suppose if you’re very unhappy at home, anywhere is better than there.”
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“Our absence is what remains of us.”
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