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New acquisition from Costa winner Catherine O’Flynn

We have acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to Lori & Max, a touching middle-grade story of home, school and detective work by Costa winner Catherine O’Flynn from Lucy Luck at C&W.

Publishing in summer/autumn 2019, Lori & Max is Catherine O’Flynn’s first book for children. A charming, funny mystery of street-smart girls, criminal hamsters and the everyday heroics of friendship.
Lori Mason dreams of being a private detective like her favourite crime-fighting duo Jim and Sylvie Clandestino. She spends her days looking for signs of criminal activity at school and on the streets, keeping a careful note of her suspicions in her top-secret notebook. The only problem is that nothing much seems to happen in New Heath until the troubled Max joins class 5B, and the two outsiders are drawn together to fight real crimes and conspiracies in their very own classroom.’
Catherine O’Flynn says: 'Lori & Max is a funny, gritty story of inner city girls battling malevolent hamsters, lazy stereotypes and crimes both real and imagined. I feel so lucky to be published by Firefly – a great independent with such a select list. I’m excited about working with them on Lori & Max and bringing the realism and humour of my writing to a new audience.'
For general information contact Megan Farr at
For rights enquiries contact Lucy Luck at C&W 7393 4221