Brought up in Galway; Studied History of Art at TCD; famously appeared as housekeeper Mrs Doyle in Father Ted (C4 TV); issued novels commencing with Something for the Weekend (2000), Right on Time (2002) and Better than the Rest (2002), involve Leo Street, a female detective, and share comic plot-lines; Bright Lights and Promises (2007), her sixth novel, concerns a single mother with a difficult 12-yr old son and still more troublesome mother; Missing You Already (2009), set in Norfolk, concerns a daughter whose mother has Alzheimers; The Time is Now (2010), her eighth - is a historical novel set in Broadwick St., Soho (London) embracing the periods 1854, 1941, 1979 and 2144; McLynn lives in London with her husband.
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Something for the Weekend (London: Hodder Headline 2000), 375pp.; Better than a Rest (Headline [Hodder] 2001), 318pp.; Right on Time (London: Hodder Headline 2002), 313pp.; The Woman on the Bus (London: Headline Review 2004), 311pp.; Summer in the City (London: Headline Review 2006), 372pp.; Bright Lights and Promises (London: Headline Review 2007), 320pp.; Missing You Already (London: Headline Review 2009), 308pp.
For plot summaries of new titles, see COPAC catalogue - online; accessed 05.08.2011.
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See Sue Leonard, review of The Time is Now, in Books Ireland (Nov. 2010), pp.232-33 [ambitious, finely researched piece of writing; notes that the first novels were light, warm-hearted and funny.]
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