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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)

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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953 news items

 
ABC Online (blog)
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:48:45 -0700

Cathy Kelly is a bestselling author, but earlier in her writing career, she was an agony aunt. Cathy has published 16 novels, sold millions of books worldwide, and is probably Ireland's favourite storyteller. Her new book is called “It Started with Paris”.

Irish Independent

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

thejournal.ie

thejournal.ie
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:33:45 -0800

Nominees this year include Roddy Doyle, Colm Tóibín, Joseph O'Connor and John Boyne, as well as Cecilia Ahern, Roy Keane, Brian O'Driscoll and Cathy Kelly. The awards are democratic: winners are decided by a a public vote on each category (you have ...
 
Irish Independent
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 18:26:15 -0800

And nor, indeed, will you find such other internationally known writers as Marian Keyes, Sheila O'Flanagan, Cathy Kelly or Cecelia Ahern, but as they sell by the millions (how vulgar) and are marketed as chicklit (truly ghastly), they're obviously ...

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 ...
 
Bray People
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:03:45 -0700

With her warmth and insight, Cathy Kelly weaves a delightful tale spinning out from a once-in-a-lifetime moment, drawing together a terrific cast of characters who feel like old friends. Dubbed the new Maeve Binchy, Cathy's trademark is warm Irish ...

Isle of Man Today

Isle of Man Today
Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:30:51 -0800

Newlyweds Mike and Jan Gooderham (seated left and right) present a cheque to Cathy Kelly of the Peel and Glenfaba Hospice Support Group. The happy couple requested donations to hospice in lieu of wedding presents. Published on the 09 November
 
WMBF
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 04:30:17 -0700

"I mean there was definitely tension in the air because we wanted answers, but the HOA doesn't have those answers yet," Cathy Kelly explained. While Kelly supports her HOAs efforts and enjoys living in the community, she fears if the course isn't ...
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