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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

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]


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]


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]


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)


  • Letter from Chicago (2002)


  • 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. 

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Irish Times

Irish Times
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:00:12 -0800

Author Cathy Kelly, mother of 11-year-old twins, Dylan and Murray, writes in her essay, The Life of Mammals, that when she became pregnant, she imagined herself lithe, taut-tummied and tanned, lying on her bed with her towelling-nappy baby curled up ...

Irish Independent

Irish Independent
Fri, 03 Oct 2014 15:41:15 -0700

Facebook · Twitter · Google · Email. 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 Sunday World ...
Sydney Morning Herald
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:45:00 -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 ...

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Sat, 17 Jan 2015 04:45:00 -0800

... Night In: The 10th Anniversary Collection, with a new introduction, featuring collected stories from the previous four books with some of the biggest names in women's fiction including Marian Keyes, Candace Bushnell, Cathy Kelly and Maggie Alderson.


Sun, 28 Dec 2014 16:40:37 -0800

CHESTERFIELD • The treasurer of a booster club for music programs at Parkway Central High School has been charged with stealing from the organization. Cathy Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Parkway district, said the amount taken from the volunteer group ...

Get Surrey

Get Surrey
Tue, 07 Oct 2014 03:08:33 -0700

According to Cathy Kelly, no one will ever make a film out of one of her books because a pitch for a movie must be no more than 22 words. Take her latest book – It all started with Paris – for example. A young man proposes to his girlfriend at the top ...
Herald & Review
Sat, 10 Jan 2015 00:03:45 -0800

Surviving family members are his wife Joyce, brother Roger, children Terry (Lynn), John (Cathy), Kelly (Tonya), Scott, Paula, and Todd (Vie), grandchildren and great grandchildren who loved him dearly. Jack will be greatly missed by family and friends.

The Sun (subscription)

The Sun (subscription)
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:15:00 -0700

The Fabulous Book Club reviews...It Started With Paris by Cathy Kelly. Close the curtains, shut out the auttumn weather and get stuck into this romantic new book. Plus, you could win a copy! it started with paris ...

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