The News Where You Are

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9780141046365: The News Where You Are

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.

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2010 Pages: 310 Language: Chinese Publisher: Penguin (26 Dec 2010) Paperback: 310 pagesPubisher: Penguin (26 Dec 2010) Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0141046368ISBN-13: 978-0141046365Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm big 32 paperback Tape: Contemporary Fiction ------------------------------- 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 ...

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"Heartbreakingly funny.... O’Flynn makes us reconsider the things we choose to lose--and the things we forget to remember until it’s too late."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"

“This superbly written novel begins with deceptive simplicity and humor, and quietly blossoms into a precisely observed story about loss, aging, friendship, and reinvention. . . . [O’Flynn’s] writing has unmistakable authenticity, delicately balancing comedy and tragedy. It’s a difficult trick, one that she has mastered with impressive grace.”—Diane White, "The Boston Globe"

“Writing a second novel is a nervy business for a writer, especially when the first one has been unexpectedly and wonderfully successful, as was Catherine O'Flynn's debut "What Was Lost," which went on to win the 2008 Costa first novel and a cluster of other awards. But O'Flynn need not be nervous. Her second novel, "The News Where You Are," establishes her as, let

"Heartbreakingly funny.... O'Flynn makes us reconsider the things we choose to lose--and the things we forget to remember until it's too late."--Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times Book Review"

"This superbly written novel begins with deceptive simplicity and humor, and quietly blossoms into a precisely observed story about loss, aging, friendship, and reinvention. . . . [O'Flynn's] writing has unmistakable authenticity, delicately balancing comedy and tragedy. It's a difficult trick, one that she has mastered with impressive grace."--Diane White, "The Boston Globe"

"Writing a second novel is a nervy business for a writer, especially when the first one has been unexpectedly and wonderfully successful, as was Catherine O'Flynn's debut "What Was Lost", which went on to win the 2008 Costa first novel and a cluster of other awards. But O'Flynn need not be nervous. Her second novel, "The News Where You Are", establishes her as, let's say, the JG Ballard of Birmingham. As Ballard dealt with the landscape of the motorway and made it his own, so O'Flynn deals with her particular city, finding poetry and meaning where others see merely boredom and dereliction. It is a most moving book. Lightly flinging a joke or two in the reader's direction, a snatch or so of knowledgeable brightness, O'Flynn comes across as the mistress of compassion.... This [is a] blend of Dickens and Alan Bennett, written in the kind of stripped-down, flat style that so suits its time and place. I loved it, and am haunted by it. While "What Was Lost" benefited from the existence of an actual child ghost ... this book is set in a less metaphorical, less fanciful world, but it has equal power. If you can write two good novels you can write another and another and another: I am sure O'Flynn will and I look forward to them."--Fay Weldon, "The Guardian"

"Catherine O'Flynn's narratives of urban disenchantment answer the challenge for novelists to take the ordinary and make it compelling. The setting

Heartbreakingly funny.... O'Flynn makes us reconsider the things we choose to lose--and the things we forget to remember until it's too late. "Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review"

This superbly written novel begins with deceptive simplicity and humor, and quietly blossoms into a precisely observed story about loss, aging, friendship, and reinvention. . . . [O'Flynn's] writing has unmistakable authenticity, delicately balancing comedy and tragedy. It's a difficult trick, one that she has mastered with impressive grace. "Diane White, The Boston Globe"

Writing a second novel is a nervy business for a writer, especially when the first one has been unexpectedly and wonderfully successful, as was Catherine O'Flynn's debut "What Was Lost," which went on to win the 2008 Costa first novel and a cluster of other awards. But O'Flynn need not be nervous. Her second novel, "The News Where You Are," establishes her as, let's say, the JG Ballard of Birmingham. As Ballard dealt with the landscape of the motorway and made it his own, so O'Flynn deals with her particular city, finding poetry and meaning where others see merely boredom and dereliction. It is a most moving book. Lightly flinging a joke or two in the reader's direction, a snatch or so of knowledgeable brightness, O'Flynn comes across as the mistress of compassion. This [is a] blend of Dickens and Alan Bennett, written in the kind of stripped-down, flat style that so suits its time and place. I loved it, and am haunted by it. While "What Was Lost" benefited from the existence of an actual child ghost ... this book is set in a less metaphorical, less fanciful world, but it has equal power. If you can write two good novels you can write another and another and another: I am sure O'Flynn will and I look forward to them. "Fay Weldon, The Guardian"

Catherine O'Flynn's narratives of urban disenchantment answer the challenge for novelists to take the ordinary and make it compelling. The setting of her Costa First Novel Award-winning "What Was Lost" was the unexceptional world of a Midlands city shopping mall. In this second fictional outing, a regional TV studio becomes a symbol of the awfulness of modern mass culture.... Tenderly portrayed, like all O'Flynn characters, [Frank] is far more interested in the invisible lives of people beyond the news, in particular those whose only brief claim to fame is the sad mode of their passing: alone and forgotten in the city.... O'Flynn's eye for the quotidian ridiculous is sharp enough to rank her with Mark Haddon and Marina Lewycka--comic novelists worth taking seriously.... This funny, moving novel reflects back to us our everyday selves. "Rachel Hore, The Independent (UK)"

That O'Flynn can balance stylized minimalism with a wholly engaging narrative is the mark of a serious writer.... A work of some real literary weight. Beneath the un-screaming facades of O'Flynn's characters is a searing denunciation of modern values, and a writer who isn't afraid to sacrifice the conventions of depth for experiments in shape and restraint. "Martha Schabas, Globe and Mail"

Seriously uplifting. It's a funny, moving, acutely observed story about family and loss, getting old and being alone. That it also manages to take in British architecture and urban space and the problems of celebrity culture, while being disarmingly easy to read, is testament to Catherine O'Flynn's comic timing and lightness of touch.... O'Flynn's description of the editorial conference at the TV station where Frank works is hilarious ... Her great strength is to take characters who are, in a way, familiar, who could be annoying, perhaps even pathetic, and to invest them with a palpable humanity and dignity. A stand-out character is Frank's eight-year-old daughter, Mo. Full of questions, anxieties and quirks, she's Frank's connection to how wonderful and scary and strange the world is. She's the kind of child who worries that trampolines near canals might be death traps and who takes it on herself to cheer up her miserable grandmother, providing some truly funny moments.... A pleasurable, satisfying gem of a novel. "Claire Black, Scotland on Sunday (Edinburgh)"

O'Flynn's second novel is also set in the Midlands but is about remembrance.... ["The News Where You Are"]'s gentle wit and melancholy are beguiling. "David Headley, The Daily Express"

"The News Where You Are "proves that all of the praise won by [O'Flynn's] eerie debut was no fluke.... With beautifully drawn characters and O'Flynn's uncanny sense of psychology, this novel is a moving, funny, and often affirming exploration of fatherhood and the ways in which our inner lives don't match our outer ones. "Brian Lynch, Georgia Straight (Vancouver, Canada)"

Author of the critically acclaimed "What Was Lost," O'Flynn tends to focus on what people discard, on those people and things that have been passed by and forgotten. Here, Frank identifies with them and lets them know that they are not invisible to him. A sometimes humorous and always compassionate novel about approaching the fear of going out of style and becoming obsolete, with the perspective that history and memories afford. "Library Journal"

"The News Where You Are "is a compelling, moving and wonderful exploration of what it means to age, of how our sense of ourselves changes in ways we would never expect and can't always control. O'Flynn writes with a humor and subtle grace that underscores the urgency with which her characters approach their own ends. "Steven Galloway, author of The Cellist of Sarajevo"

"The News Where You Are "is a stunning accomplishment, a page-turner shot through with O'Flynn's compassion and electrifying wit. O'Flynn gives us an unflinching vision of profound loss without ever losing her sense of humor; she shows us that the haunted corridors of the heart can also echo with laughter. "Karen Russell, author of St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves""

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