Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Book of the week - Catheryn O'Flynn, What was Lost


Catherine O'Flynn's first novel, "What was lost", was published by a small independent Birmingham press (Tindal Street Press) as a paperback only. It received excellent reviews, and was on the longlist for both the Mann-Booker and Orange Prizes, and the shortlist for the Guardian First Book Award. Now it has won the Costa first novel prize and is on the shortlist for the Costa book of the year. The first printing is likely to have been relatively small for a paperback, and not many copies are currently available. An unsigned copy can currently be picked up for £17.00 via ABEbooks, though probably not for long. As a first novel by a very promising author this is likely to be a worthwhile investment, with plenty of chances to pick up her signature in the future.

Update: As of January 2009, one copy for sale at £55 on Abebooks.

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