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Donal Ryan

Ireland (b.1977)

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. He lives with his wife and two children just outside Limerick City.

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

Donal Ryan recommends
Between Dog and Wolf (2013)
Elske Rahill
"A dark, insightful and utterly compelling book, beautifully written."
Anyush (2014)
Martine Madden
"A beautiful, haunting and very important work."
The Curtain Falls (2015)
Carole Gurnett
"Gurnett is a writer of passion, integrity and great skill. This is a wonderful debut."
Days Without End (2016)
(Days Without End, book 1)
Sebastian Barry
"A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after perfect it grips and does not let go."
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."
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."
Roar (2018)
Cecelia Ahern
"These stories sing from the page … sharp, clever, witty: a joy to read."
When All Is Said (2019)
Anne Griffin
"A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner."
Last Ones Left Alive (2019)
Sarah Davis-Goff
"This dystopian future Ireland will unnerve and intrigue and thrill readers everywhere."
The Fire Starters (2019)
Jan Carson
"Spectacular . . . Dark, beautiful, at once grittily real and wildly magical. Insanely alluring."
The Butchers (2020)
Ruth Gilligan
"I was hooked from the first page. It was an exhilarating, unsettling reading experience: I felt at once like an outsider and completely at home as I read and was at all times completely immersed and wowed at Ruth's storytelling prowess."
The Stray Cats of Homs (2020)
Eva Nour
"An absolutely riveting novel . . . a rare and precious humanizing of the terrible conflagration in Syria. Eva is a writer of the first order and this is a searing and incredibly important book, storytelling at its best."

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