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Mr Lynch's Holiday

(2013)
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Mr Lynch's Holiday is the charming and comic new novel by the bestselling and prize-winning author of What Was Lost and The News Where You Are, Catherine O'Flynn.

'I'm looking forward to seeing you and Laura and getting my first taste of "abroad".'

Eamonn Lynch stares at the letter announcing the imminent arrival of his father, Dermot. His first thought is: I'll make an excuse, I'll put him off. But it is too late. Dermot is already here, in southern Spain, and soon he'll discover that Eamonn lives in an unfinished building site; that Laura's left him; and that it'll be just the two of them, father and son, for two long, hot weeks.

Dermot doesn't entirely recognise his son; how can he stay quite so long in bed? And where is Laura? Eamonn doesn't seem to know quite what to make of his father's arrival. On the other hand his neighbours - pushy and domineering Roger and Cheryl, smug but disillusioned property developers Becca and Ian - see in Dermot a respite from themselves.

Swept up in the British expats' ceaseless barbecuing and bickering, both father and son slowly discover the truth about each other and the family past. But at the same time they uncover a shocking, unacknowledged secret at the heart of this defiant but beleaguered community.

Mr Lynch's Holiday is a very funny and moving story about the clash of generations; about how families break apart and come together again; about how living "abroad" can feel less like a long holiday and more of a life sentence.

'An awesomely talented writer' Jonathan Coe

'A tenderness and warmth seep through . . . an astute and thoughtful writer, and her warm take on the world is pleasing' Sunday Times on The News Where You Are

'Darkly funny' Independent on Sunday on The News Where You Are

'A comic genius . . . entertaining and often thoughtful' Daily Mail on The News Where You Are

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.

Genre: General Fiction

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Hardback Editions

December 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mr. Lynchs Holiday (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Author(s): Catherine O'Flynn
ISBN: 1-4104-6351-6 / 978-1-4104-6351-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mr. Lynch's Holiday: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine O'Flynn
ISBN: 0-8050-9181-5 / 978-0-8050-9181-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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August 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: Mr Lynch's Holiday
Author(s): Catherine O'Flynn
ISBN: 0-670-91856-3 / 978-0-670-91856-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

July 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: Mr Lynch's Holiday
Author(s): Catherine O'Flynn
ISBN: 0-14-104637-6 / 978-0-14-104637-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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August 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Mr Lynch's Holiday
Author(s): Catherine O'Flynn
ISBN: 0-670-92332-X / 978-0-670-92332-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Audio Editions

June 2014 : UK Audio CD

Title: Mr Lynch's Holiday
Author(s): Catherine O'Flynn
ISBN: 0-85735-904-5 / 978-0-85735-904-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Limited
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA Kindle edition

Title: Mr. Lynch's Holiday: A Novel
Author(s): Catherine O'Flynn
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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August 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Mr Lynch's Holiday
Author(s): Catherine O'Flynn
Publisher: Penguin
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