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What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn

Catherine wins the Costa First Novel Award for 2007 !

What was lost, Catherine O

Catherine was longlisted for both the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and the Man Booker Prize!

What Was Lost
Catherine O'Flynn

Tindal Street Press
ISBN: 978 0 9551384 1 6

The 1980s. Kate Meaney with her 'Top Secret' notebook and Mickey her toy monkey is busy being a junior detective. She observes goings-on and follows 'suspects' at the newly opened Green Oaks shopping centre.
2004. Lisa, stuck in a going-nowhere relationship, is working as a deputy manager at Your Music, a cut-price record store. Together with security guard Kurt, she becomes entranced by the little girl they keep glimpsing on the centre's CCTV. As their after-hours friendship intensifies, they investigate how these sightings might be connected to the unsettling history of Green Oaks itself.

Catherine O'Flynn was born in Birmingham in 1970, where she grew up in and around her parents' sweet shop. She has been a teacher, web editor, mystery customer and postwoman and her first novel draws on her experience of working in record stores. After a few years in Barcelona, she now lives in Birmingham.

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