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Cathy Kelly

Ireland (b.1966)

Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of copies of her books in print. A number 1 bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia, she is one of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers.
Brought up in Dublin, on leaving school Cathy initially worked as a journalist with a national Irish newspaper, working in news and features alongside being an agony aunt and film critic. She loved being an agony aunt in particular, describing it as a bit like getting a PhD in people. Cathy juggled her job with writing in her spare time, and her first novel, Woman to Woman, was published in 1997. It went straight to number 1 on the Irish Times and Sunday Times bestseller lists.

Genres: General Fiction, Romance

Series contributed to
Anthologies edited
Romantic Novel of the Year Award Best Novel winner (2001) : Someone Like You

Cathy Kelly recommends
Going Down (2001)
Kate Thompson
"Warm, witty, sexy and compulsively readable."
Amazing Grace (2003)
Clare Dowling
"Very funny and original."
Big Fat Love (2003)
Peter Sheridan
"Incredibly fresh and sharp... The wit and warmth of Dublin leap off the page."
Behind the Scenes (2004)
Anita Notaro
"Definitely an up-all-night-to-finish-it book. I loved it."
The Dream House (2006)
Rachel Hore
"A beautifully written and magical novel about life, love and family."
The Glass Room (2006)
Kate Holmquist
"As elegantly written as a Joanna Trollope, as insightful as Anita Shreve and as sharp as Zoe Heller... I couldn't put it down."
Fifty Is Not a Four-letter Word (2007)
Linda Kelsey
"Funny, wise and proof that the perfect heroine doesn't have to be a chardonnay-swilling thirty-something, this made me laugh and weep from start to finish. Linda Kelsey has the knack of making you care about her characters and she deals with huge issues with the lightest touch. I wish I'd written this!"
None of My Affair (2008)
Fiona O'Brien
"A delicious novel: full of warmth, glamour and excitement."
Designer Genes (2009)
Emma Hannigan
"I laughed and I cried. I defy anyone not to do the same."
The Better Woman (2009)
Ber Carroll
"A wonderful read."
In My Mother's Shoes (2010)
Alison Walsh
"Honest, funny, heartfelt...I loved it."
The Promise of Happiness (2011)
Erin Kaye
"An engrossing read - wonderful."
A Million Miles from Normal (2012)
Paige Nick
", funny and warm."
The Library At the Edge of the World (2016)
(Finfarran, book 1)
Felicity Hayes-McCoy
"The Library at The Edge of the World is a delicious feast of a novel. Sink in and feel enveloped by the beautiful world of Felicity Hayes-McCoy."
The American Girl (2017)
Rachael English
"A true storyteller who keeps you turning the pages"
Leaving Ocean Road (2017)
Esther Campion
"Warm, wise and full of humour."
The Pursuits Of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (2019)
(Cavanaugh's, book 2)
Stephanie Laurens
"Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer feisty and strong."
Death and Other Happy Endings (2019)
Melanie Cantor
"I LOVE this book! It is full of heart and hope."
My Pear-Shaped Life (2020)
Carmel Harrington
"Uplifting and powerful…I LOVED it."
Under a Greek Moon (2021)
Carol Kirkwood
"Utterly engaging, deliciously escapist, with a heart as warm as its author's."
Freckles (2021)
Cecelia Ahern
"Freckles is a beautiful, hopeful book when the world needs hope most. Cecelia has written a novel about our search for our authentic selves in a crazy world. Like all her novels, it's inspiring, life-affirming and full of insight."
Winging It (2021)
(Time Out Trilogy, book 3)
Emma Murray
"Wisdom, humour and utter warmth."
The Last House on the Street (2022)
Diane Chamberlain
"A powerful novel of our time, both a searing indictment of racism and the power of humankind and a page-turning thriller. It is a very powerful book. Strong and fierce."
Just Got Real (2022)
Jane Fallon
"Witty, funny, beautifully written and dotted with life's truths like sprinkles on a birthday cake."

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