Sheila O’Flanagan

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Life
Author of Far from Over (2000), concerning the sequel to a marital breakdown; also Yours, Faithfully (London: Headline Review 2006), concerning two women, the one older and childless, the other with a 17-year old daughter; the author is a former banker who is “childless by choice” but a three-times step-mother; Bad Behaviour (2007), story of Darcey, a successful career-woman invited to the wedding of Nieve and Aidan, her former Mr Right; also Three’s a Crowd (2008); Someone Special (2008), her sixteenth novel, concerns an emigrant to Australia called home on family matters;
 
earlier novels incl. Dreaming of a Stranger (1997); Caroline’s Sister (1998); Suddenly Single (1999); Isobel’s Wedding (1999); Maggie’s Story (1999); My Favourite Goodbye (2000); Far from Over (2000); He’s Got to Go (2002); Connections (2003); Too good to be True (2003); Anyone But Him (2004), and How will I know? (2005) and Yours Faithfully (2006), concerning the wives of a bigamist who meet at his hospital bedside; consistently publishes with Hodder Headline [& Review]; successful in banking, foreign exchange dealing and treasury management before turning to full-time writing; weekly column for the Irish Times; lives in Dublin and plays badminton at competition level in her spare time; issued A Season to Remember (2010), the story of a group of people spending Christmas at the luxurious Sugar Loaf Lodge.

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Works
Bad Behaviour (Headline Review 2007), 440pp.; Someone Special (London: Review 2008), 446pp. [her 16th novel] Yours Faithfully (London: Review 2006), 441pp.; A Season to Remember (London: Review 2010), and Do. [rep.] (Hachette 2011)

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Commentary
Roisín Ingle, review of Far from Over , in The Irish Times (8 July 2000); ‘former banker turned novelist has found a formula.’ The plot concerns hairdresser Gemma who has ended her marriage with workaholic salesman David with whom two children, but now David has got married to a ‘bimbo bitch’, Orla.

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Reference
COPAC lists Anyone but him (2004); Bad behaviour (2007); Caroline’s sister (1998); Connections (2003, 2006); Dreaming of a stranger (1997, 2003, 2004); Far from over (2000); He’s got to go (2002, 2003, 2006); How will I know? (2005, 2006) [large print]; Isobel’s wedding (1999, 2002, 2006); Maggie’s story (1999); My favourite goodbye (2000, 2001); Suddenly single (1999); Three’s a crowd (2008); Too good to be true (2003, 2004); Yours, faithfully (2006) [see COPAC summary].

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Notes
Yours Faithfully (2006): ‘A wonderfully gripping, dramatic, touching and warm novel for the women’s fiction market from the expert hand of a bestselling author who just gets better and better. Iona’s not pregnant. It’s a blow, but she knows that when husband Frank gets home he’ll reassure her that their dream of a family together will come true. Sally, on the other hand, has just discovered that she’s very much pregnant. Which is quite a surprise, with her only child now a seventeen-year-old who’s not going to be pleased to hear the embarrassing news that her mother’s up the duff. And Sally’s not sure how her husband’s going to feel about it, when he gets home. Except Frank’s not going to get home - to either of his wives. Frank’s bigamy of several years is about to be exposed, because Frank was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now his wives are going to meet in the hospital where he lies in a coma. And everything is about to change for all of them ...’ (COPAC/BL accessed 11.09.2008 - online.)

Output: Variously listed as author of 24 and 16 novels in 2007 and 2008 respectively (Books Ireland, at dates.)