The News Where You Are

The News Where You Are

Set in Birmingham, The News Where You Are tells the funny, touching story of Frank, a local TV news presenter. Beneath his awkwardly corny screen persona, Frank is haunted by disappearances: the mysterious hit and run that killed his predecessor Phil Smethway; the demolition of his father’s post-war brutalist architecture; and the unmarked passing of those who die alone in the city. Frank struggles to make sense of these absences while having to report endless local news stories of holes opening up in people’s gardens and trying to cope with his resolutely miserable mother. The result is that rare thing: a page-turning novel which asks the big questions in an accessible way, and is laugh-out-loud funny, genuinely moving and ultimately uplifting.

Title:The News Where You Are
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780670918553
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    The News Where You Are Reviews

  • Annet

    This is a book about family, about life's pros and cons, outward appearances and what counts in life. I had to get into the story at first, wasn't sure it would really interested me. But I've never re...

  • Andrew Smith

    If there were a movement similar to the food lovers’ Slow Food movement for book readers, author Catherine O'Flynn would definitely be a leading member. The Slow Reading movement would celebrate ing...

  • Mirakissanpoika

    One of the worst books I have ever read. I don't get the point of the whole book. Why even bother writing it? It's about nothing. There's no story and the book just keeps repeating itself. After finis...

  • Amy

    The News Where You Are, by Catherine O'Flynn, begins as a gentle character study of an aging news anchor, popular to viewers but something of a joke to his colleagues. Off the air, Frank Allcroft spe...

  • Kasa Cotugno

    How quickly the present becomes the past. How often do we truly enjoy the moment we're living in, appreciate the present, without gazing back in longing, ahead in fear or hope. This is a book about no...

  • Anne

    I thought Catherine O Flynn's debut 'What Was Lost' was excellent and had looked forward to 'The News Where You Are' for a long time, expecting the same depth of character and slow pace as her first n...

  • Tattered Cover Book Store

    Jackie says:This is a little book, seemingly simple on its surface but deeply rich when you turn a closer eye to it. The surface is about Frank, a local British newscaster for a regional news show, an...

  • Jennifer

    I was a big fan of O'Flynn's debut novel, What Was Lost, so I eagerly anticipated her second novel. Although not quite as satisfying as What Was Lost, The News Where You Are was a thoroughly enjoyable...

  • Kirsty

    I really enjoyed Catherine O'Flynn's What I Was, and was looking forward to The News Where You Are. Unfortunately, it felt as though a different author entirely had written this at many points; it has...

  • Meg

    Frank Allcroft is a middle-aged television reporter for Heart Of England Reports, a British news program. Content with life alongside his loving wife, Andrea, and their young daughter Mo, Frank enjoys...