Prior to the publication of What Was Lost she worked in a variety of jobs including deputy manager of a large record shop, post woman, web editor, teacher and mystery shopper. After spending some time in and around Barcelona, she now lives and works in Birmingham, England. She is married to Peter Fletcher, and they have one daughter.
Her first novel, What Was Lost, was published in January 2007. This novel received critical acclaim as an examination of the often lackluster and empty experience of modern life, contrasted with the energy and optimism of a young girl who went missing in the mid-1980s.What Was Lost was long listed for the 2007 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. It won the Jelf Group First Novel Award at the Guildford Book Festival and the prestigious First Novel prize at the Costa Book Awards in January 2008. In April 2008 she was named Newcomer of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards.
Her second book, The News Where You Are was published on 1st July 2010 and launched the following day at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham http://www.ikon-gallery.co.uk/programme/current/event/405/book_launch_catherine_oflynn/
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- What Was Lost. 2007.
- The News Where You Are. 2010.
- Roads Ahead. 2009.
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