Local award winning author to appear at Birmingham Literature Festival

Catherine O’Flynn

Catherine O’Flynn


Award-winning Birmingham author Catherine O’Flynn will be talking about her latest book as part of this year’s Birmingham Literature Festival.

‘Mr Lynch’s Holiday’ will be the focus during an evening with the author on October 11 at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham city centre.

The book has been described by the festival organisers as “a charming and comic new novel” by the best-selling and prize-winning author of What Was Lost and The News Where You Are.

The event runs from 7.30pm until 9pm and tickets cost £8/£6.

In ‘Mr Lynch’s Holiday’ Eamonn Lynch stares at the letter announcing the imminent arrival of his father, Dermot.

His first thought is: I’ll make an excuse, I’ll put him off. But it is too late. Dermot is already here, in southern Spain, and soon he’ll discover that Eamonn lives in an unfinished building site; that Laura’s left him; and that it’ll be just the two of them, father and son, for two long, hot weeks.

Swept up in the British expats’ ceaseless barbecuing and bickering, father and son slowly discover the truth about each other and the family past. But at the same time they uncover a shocking, unacknowledged secret at the heart of this defiant but beleaguered community.

A spokesman for Birmingham Literature Festival said: “Mr Lynch’s Holiday is a very funny and moving story about the clash of generations; about how families break apart and come together again; about how living “abroad” can feel less like a long holiday and more like a life sentence.”

Although set abroad, the book has plenty of local references, with father Dermot reflecting on his life living in Castle Vale in the 1970s and his time working in Birmingham

Catherine O’Flynn was born in 1970 and raised in Birmingham, in a sweet shop in Nechells. 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 also longlisted for the Booker and Orange Prizes.

Catherine 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.

To book tickets to the Catherine O’Flynn event call the Ikon Gallery box office on 0121 245 4455.