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Cathy Kelly
Born (1966-09-12) 12 September 1966 (age 48)[1]
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Pen name Cathy Kelly
Language English
Nationality Irish
Period 1997–present
Genre Women's fiction
Subject Women and relationships
Notable awards RoNA Award
Website
www.cathykelly.com

Cathy Kelly (born 12 September 1966) is an Irish former journalist and writer of women's fiction since 1997. She has gained international recognition with her popular fiction novels, which are published globally in many languages.[2] In 2001, her novel Someone Like You won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.[3] Kelly is one of the most successful female authors to come out of Ireland since Maeve Binchy, having once outsold both Dan Brown and J. K. Rowling in the UK.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Belfast but raised in Dublin,[4] she studied at a convent school. Cathy initially worked for 13 years as a newspaper journalist with the Sunday World, where she worked in news, features, along with spending time as an agony aunt and film critic.[4]

However, her overwhelming love was always fiction and she published her first international bestseller, Woman To Woman, in 1997.[4] She did not become a full-time writer until she had written another two books (She’s The One and Never Too Late) and finally decided to leave the world of journalism in 2001.[2]

Someone Like You, What She Wants, Just Between Us and Best of Friends followed in successive years.[2] Always and Forever was her first hardback number one and then topped the overall UK bestseller list during October 2005, displacing Dan Brown and J. K. Rowling who had been on top most weeks.[2]

Her books Lessons in Heartbreak and Homecoming were shortlisted for the Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.[5] Once in a Lifetime topped the UK bestsellers for Kelly again,[6] for multiple weeks.[7] In March 2011, Homecoming achieved the same feat. Her recent short story collection, Christmas Magic, was a Christmas number one in Ireland.[2] She is hugely popular around the world: a number one bestseller in Australia and New Zealand, where she tours annually, and published in many different languages.[8]

Cathy's trademark is warm story-telling; she writes books which deal with themes ranging from relationships and marriage to depression and loss, but always with an uplifting message and strong female characters at the heart.[2]

Philanthropy[edit]

Kelly is involved with many charities and has been an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland since 2005.[4][9] She works as a Global Parent for UNICEF, which means raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDs.[2] Her role has seen her visit Rwanda and Mozambique.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Cathy lives in Enniskerry, County Wicklow with her family and three dogs.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Woman to Woman (1997)
  • She's the One (1998)
  • Never Too Late (1999)
  • Someone Like You (2000)
  • What She Wants (2001)
  • Just Between Us (2002)
  • Best of Friends (2003)
  • Always and Forever (2005)
  • Past Secrets (2006)
  • Lessons in Heartbreak (2008)
  • Once in a Lifetime (2009)
  • The Perfect Holiday (2010)
  • Homecoming (2010)
  • The House on Willow Street (2012)
  • The Honey Queen (2013)
  • It Started With Paris (2014)

Novellas[edit]

  • Letter from Chicago (2002)

Collections[edit]

  • Christmas Magic (2011)

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ "Cathy Kelly goes from agony aunt to bestselling novelist". Brisbane Courier-Mail. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Cathy Kelly The Official Site". 6 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Awards by the Romantic Novelists' Association, 13 October 2012 
  4. ^ a b c d Pauline Askin (1 April 2009). "Book Talk: Modern, ancient Ireland inspire novelist Cathy Kelly". Reuters. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Eoin Burke-Kennedy (1 April 2009). "Eclectic shortlist for Irish Book Awards". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Andrea Byrne (20 September 2009). "Literary elite bring their words to life". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Philip Stone (15 September 2009). "Cathy Kelly stays on top for HarperCollins". The Bookseller. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  8. ^ "Curtis Brown". 6 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "what you can do to help unicef". Irish Independent. 12 December 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2010. 

External links[edit]


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Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Tue, 14 Jul 2015 18:30:38 -0700

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Food Safety News
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 22:15:17 -0700

Their grandmother, Cathy Kelly, who had gone to the Milk Makers Fest with her granddaughter, said that hand-washing is an absolute must. “It's too easy to catch a germ when we're around animals,” she said. “My son is a professional polo player, and he ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 18:30:00 -0700

Gimme Shelter by the Stones. It reaches into me and grabs something in my heart. The movie. Some Like it Hot - it's gloriously funny. The hero. All the aid workers around the world today. They are true heroes. The book. It changes every day. Right now ...

Irish Echo

Irish Echo
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:46:03 -0700

Cathy Kelly likely didn't set out to knock J.K. Rowling and her “Harry Potter” series or Dan Brown of “The Da Vinci Code” fame off of the UK bestsellers' list. But that's precisely what happened about 10 years ago. Kelly, an Irish story-teller in the ...

Express.co.uk

Express.co.uk
Sat, 07 Feb 2015 16:26:15 -0800

Cathy Kelly's latest novel It Started with Paris (Orion, £12.99) is out in paperback on February 26. To order, send a cheque/PO payable to The Express, to Express Orders Dept, 1 Broadland Business Park, Norwich NR7 0WF, call 0871 471 3466 or order ...

Longford Leader

Longford Leader
Fri, 21 Aug 2015 05:45:00 -0700

There was yet another 4th place finish for Newtowncashel courtesy of Conor Skelly, Mark Brehon, Daniel Farrell, Cathy Kelly, Joseph Kenny and Luke Mulvihill in the U-14 Table Quiz. The U-12 Boys - Cathal Farrell (Ardagh/Moydow/Glen), James Galligan ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:50:13 -0700

Author, Cathy Kelly has the wisdom of age. 1 Author, Cathy Kelly has the wisdom of age. Often hailed as the best female writer to come out of Ireland since Maeve Binchy, former journalist Cathy Kelly recalls having her first book delivered to the ...
 
Sydney Morning Herald
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:46:09 -0800

I met John when I wasn't thinking about meeting a man or expecting to meet a man – it just happened. I guess that proves that being yourself and relaxing is when it happens. ** Cathy Kelly's latest book It Started with Paris is on sale now (Hachette ...
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