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Donal Ryan



Donal Ryan was born in a village in north Tipperary, a stroll from the shores of Lough Derg. Donal wrote the first draft of The Spinning Heart in the long summer evenings of 2010, and has also completed a second novel. He lives with his wife and two children just outside Limerick City.

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2013) : The Spinning Heart
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2018) : From a Low and Quiet Sea


Donal Ryan recommends
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Between Dog and Wolf (2013)
Elske Rahill
"A dark, insightful and utterly compelling book, beautifully written."
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Anyush (2014)
Martine Madden
"A beautiful, haunting and very important work."
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The Curtain Falls (2015)
Carole Gurnett
"Gurnett is a writer of passion, integrity and great skill. This is a wonderful debut."
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Days Without End (2016)
Sebastian Barry
"A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after perfect it grips and does not let go."
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Grace (2017)
Paul Lynch
"Grace is a mesmerizing, incandescent work of art. Paul Lynch is peerless. Grace Coyle, daughter of Coll, will be one of the enduring heroines of world literature."
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He Is Mine and I Have No Other (2018)
Rebecca O'Connor
"I adored He is Mine and I Have No Other . . . Amazing, heartbreaking, brilliantly done."
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Roar (2018)
Cecelia Ahern
"These stories sing from the page … sharp, clever, witty: a joy to read."

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