Cathy Kelly was born 12 September 1966 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but raised in Dublin. She initially worked for thirteen years as a newspaper journalist with a national Irish Sunday newspaper, where she worked in news, features, along with spending time as an agony aunt and the paper’s film critic. However, her overwhelming love was always fiction and she published her first international bestseller, Woman To Woman, in 1997. She did not become a full-time writer until she had written another two books, and finally decided to leave the world of journalism in 2001, moving to HarperCollins Publishers at the same time. Her trademark is warm story-telling and she consistently tops the bestseller lists around the world with 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.

Cathy also has a passionate interest in children’s rights and is an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland. Her role for UNICEF is a Global Parent, which means raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDs. Cathy lives with her husband, John, their twin sons, Dylan and Murray, and their three dogs in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow.

Book List in Order:26 titles

  • 'Honest, funny, clever, it sparkles with witty, wry observations on modern life. I loved it' Marian KeyesTreat yourself to the heartwarming, hilarious new novel from Sunday Times bestseller Cathy Kelly!Freya Abalone has a big, messy, wonderful family...


  • Having it all does not make you happy. These triplet princesses had everything money could buy so all they did was worry about how they looked-they were never pretty enough! Until one day, they saw the world outside of themselves and wanting to make ...


  • 'Warm, witty and wise' Marian Keyes Three women, three birthdays, one year that will change everything... Ginger isn't spending her thirtieth the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life - or a total disast...


  • 'Warm, witty and wise' Marian KeyesThree women, three birthdays, one year that will change everything...Ginger isn't spending her thirtieth the way she would have planned. Tonight might be the first night of the rest of her life - or a total disaster...


  • Bess is happy and in love with her new husband Edward, a recent widow. However, when she plans a big celebration for Edward's birthday, this May-December romance goes into a tailspin. She quickly realizes that joining a family isn't going to be as ea...


  • Meet the women of Delaney Gardens, a bustling suburban village in the outer reaches of Dublin. There's Cassie, who's spent her married life doing everything right for her children, husband, and mother-in-law, yet feels so exhausted that "wine o'clock...


  • It all started with Paris. At the top of the Eiffel Tower, a young man proposes to his girlfriend. In that second, everything changes, not just for the happy couple, but for the family and friends awaiting their return in Ireland. Leila's been nur...


  • Marriage is a time of reflection… Michael and Katy are getting married " and the excitement enfolds their close friends and family in the Irish town of Bridgefort. But three women’s hearts hide feelings they are struggling to deal with. ...


  • To discover the sweetest things in life, you sometimes have to lose your way... It's easy to fall in love with the beautiful town of Redstone - the locals wave and chat to each other, the shops and cafes are full of cheerful hustle and bustle. And...






  • Four women must face their past before they can look to the future... In the sleepy Irish coastal town of Avalon, the big house on Willow Street has stood for generations... Tess Power grew up there, but now, from her cozy cottage shared with t...


  • A festive collection of short stories by the natural heir to Maeve Binchy Cathy Kelly, the number 1 best-selling Irish author, has created her first collection of heart-warming short stories. Christmas Magic is full of charming tales of life, love...


  • Sometimes the only way forward . . . They say you can't go home again, and truth be told, Eleanor Levine never planned to. Yet here she is, back in Ireland after a lifetime in New York, moving her treasured possessions -- including her mother's ha...


  • An exclusive short story for World Book Day from one of our bestselling authors Sometimes all we need is a relaxing holiday in the sun. For Anthony and Carole, a week in a lovely Greek hotel has helped them mend the cracks in their marriage. For wido...


  • #1 international bestselling author Cathy Kelly weaves a captivatingtale about love, friendship, and a web of secrets running through abustling Irish town.You never have to go very far... Kenny's Department Store isn't just a place to shop; it's t...


  • Three Lives. Three Loves. Three Reasons to Let Go - the compelling new novel from the international No.1 bestselling author Izzie Silver left the small Irish town of Tamarin behind for New York. Life is good - until she breaks her own rules and fa...


  • They all hide secrets that won't go away... From the outside, the welcoming, garden-adorned houses of Summer Street are the picture of Irish charm. But on the inside, unexpected and heartbreaking secrets swirl. At house number thirty-two, hardworkin...


  • When the going gets tough... In the Irish town of Carrickwell, with its lush, endlessly rolling hills and authentic country tranquility, three women's lives are anything but calm. There's Mel, a compulsively ambitious mother/publicity manager at a h...


  • You can have it all! Abby Barton's TV career is taking off and now she and her husband can have the life they've always dreamed of in a lovely Irish town -- at least, in theory! But when your husband takes you for granted and your teenage daughter...


  • in Irish Girls About Town

    An enchanting, heartwarming anthology of sixteen short stories about family, friendship, and love features contributions from such popular Irish women authors as Maeve Binchy, Marian Keyes, Cathy Kelly, Colette Caddle, Morag Prunty, Julie Parsons, Jo...


  • Look at them go! In the Irish Country town of Kinvarra, the Miller girls are generally perceived to have it all. Single mother and brilliant attorney Stella looks like a Renaissance Madonna and is about to get a second chance at love. TV soap ope...


  • An original short fiction by a popular writer of novels for young women Witty novella from a seasoned storyteller on competition between sisters. Elsie and Maisie live on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Regular letter writers, they tend to boast abou...


  • A captivating new novel from the internationally bestselling author whose plucky heroines build bonds with the reader....Sass, vulnerability, and humor (People). Hope, Sam, Virginia, and Nicole are four women trying to cope with the vicissitudes of l...


  • Hannah, Emma, and Leonie, three women at critical turning points in their lives, meet on holiday and find themselves changing in unexpected ways. Hannah, young, beautiful and reeling from the betrayal of a lover, decides to throw herself into her car...


  • A lot can happen in a year and Evie, Cara and Olivia are just about to find out how much. This tale traces the three characters in love and relationships. When Evie's father announces that he's getting remarried, they don't know who they're going to ...


  • LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES... Meet Dee -- an agony aunt on an Irish newspaper, with more problems than her readers. She's engaged to Gary but he's far from perfect and his mother is driving her crazy! What she really wants is to be the women's edi...


  • Best friends Aisling and Jo seem to have it all. Aisling is happy with her editor husband and little son, and Jo has a great career and gorgeous boyfriend. But one morning Aisling finds a receipt for expensive lingerie in her husband's pocket and Jo ...