" All disheartened, kicked-in-the-teeth aspiring novelists should take heart. After being rejected by 14 separate literary agents, Catherine O'Flynn had every right to feel she might be one of the many who see their labours go unloved. The 15th agent said yes, however, and the former postwoman tonight made off with one of the year's most prestigious literary prizes.
O'Flynn's novel, What Was Lost, was named winner of the 2007 Costa first novel award after being longlisted but not winning the Booker and the Orange prize and shortlisted for the Guardian's first book award. "
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