Sheila Flanagan

b. Dublin; dg. shopkeeper; worked in Central Bank, and became chief dealer; submitted work to Kate Cruise O’Brien; publ. Dreaming of a Stranger (1997) as ‘first novel’, with sales of 50,000; also Caroline’s Sister (1998), a best-seller, and Isobel’s Wedding (1999); later in dispute with Poolbeg; noticed in Books Ireland (Feb. 1999); issued How Will I Know? (Headline 2005), 431pp., a story of a dating mother with a teenage daughter.

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