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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
New and upcoming books
August 2024

Heart, Be at Peace
   A Slanting of the Sun (2015)
   How Much the Heart Can Hold (2016) (with others)
Donal Ryan recommends
You Are Here (2024)
David Nicholls
"What a beautiful, beautiful novel, sensitive, witty, and brilliantly insightful and kind about us messy, stupid humans. I loved every single step of it. I will miss it now that I'm finished and I know that it will be one of those rare novels that will dwell in my memory and my heart."
Kala (2023)
Colin Walsh
"I was kept awake until the birds were singing. What a story. I was riveted. It captures so much of the essence of the thrill and excitement of teenage summers, the wonderful optimism of youth and first loves, and the ease with which corruption and evil can take hold and thrive. This is a dazzling novel."
The Polite Act of Drowning (2023)
Charleen Hurtubise
"The Polite Act of Drowning is a beautiful and captivating novel, lyrical and sensuous, a precise and faithful evocation of the tumult and trauma of family life, and of emergence into adulthood, and the confrontation of truths about ourselves and the people we love."

More recommendations 

Anthologies containing stories by Donal Ryan
Voices (2020)
An Open Door Book of Stories
edited by
Patricia Scanlan
Dubliners 100 (2014)
edited by
Thomas Morris

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

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