Catherine Oâ€™Flynn was born in Birmingham in 1970, where she grew up in and around her parentsâ€™ sweet shop before embarking on a career of curious jobs. Her first novel, What Was Lost, has bounded into the literary scene getting a nod from the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and, at the time of writing is 8/1 odds on to scoop The Man Booker Prize. Celebrating Catherineâ€™s insight into the absurdity of consumerism and urban dissatisfaction, the Literary Review observes, â€˜Oâ€™Flynn is just the colleague youâ€™d want to be stuck with in a dead-end job.â€™)
Nicola Monaghan has worked as a teacher, a financial analyst and a software guru. She now works part-time as Fellow of the National Academy of Writing, based at the University of Central England. Boyd Tonkin included Nicola in the Independentâ€™s New Years Eve list of rising talent for 2006. Her first novel, The Killing Jar, was published in March 2006 to critical acclaim. It won the Authorsâ€™ Club Best First Novel Award and a Betty Trask Award, as well as being shortlisted for the Goss First Novel Prize and the Waverton Good Read.
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