Catherine O'Flynn, author of the Man Booker prize winning What Was Lost offers a 'funny, moving, acutely observed story about family and loss' in The News Where You Are. Frank Allcroft, a regional TV news presenter, has just had a ratings boost.
His puns, a website declares, makes him 'the unfunniest man on God's Earth'.
Mortified colleagues wonder how he stands being a public joke. But Frank doesn't mind. As long as Andrea and Mo, his wife and eight-year-old daughter, are happy, who gives a stuff what others think?
Besides, Frank has a couple of other matters on his mind. He has taken to investigating the death of Phil, his (actually quite funny) predecessor, killed in a mysterious hit and run six months ago.
Also, he's telling Mo about the architect grandfather she never met by taking her to see vanished and soon-to-be-vanished buildings. Because Frank knows that it is between what we see and what we can't, what has gone and what's left behind, that the answers lie...Very funny, warm and moving, The New Where You Are is a story of family, friendship and trying to reconnect with the past before it is gone. 'Under the wisecracking surface ...surprisingly profound' The Times 'A flow of laugh-out-loud satire' Independent on Sunday 'Awesomely talented' Tatler 'Seriously uplifting, hilarious. A funny, moving, acutely observed story about family and loss.
A pleasurable, satisfying gem of a novel' Scotland on Sunday 'A blend of Dickens and Alan Bennett.
I loved it' Fay Weldon 'A comic genius' Daily Mail Catherine O'Flynn was born in 1970 and raised in Birmingham, the youngest of six children.
Her parents ran a sweet shop. She worked briefly in journalism, then at a series of shopping centres.
She has also been a web editor, a postwoman and a mystery shopper.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 26/12/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141046365