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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
 

Awards
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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Between Dog and Wolf (2013)
Elske Rahill
"A dark, insightful and utterly compelling book, beautifully written."
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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."
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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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When All Is Said (2019)
Anne Griffin
"A hugely enjoyable, engrossing novel, a genuine page-turner."
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Last Ones Left Alive (2019)
Sarah Davis-Goff
"This dystopian future Ireland will unnerve and intrigue and thrill readers everywhere."
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The Fire Starters (2019)
Jan Carson
"Spectacular . . . Dark, beautiful, at once grittily real and wildly magical. Insanely alluring."
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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."
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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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Bright Burning Things (2021)
Lisa Harding
"A tense, unflinching, immersive mapping of a pitted track of addiction and recovery . . . I lived every scene as I read, and I know that these characters will be with me for a long time."
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Redder Days (2021)
Sue Rainsford
"So immense and beautiful, it's both gorgeously composed and an addictive page-turner. Sue Rainsford is an extraordinary writer."
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Holding Her Breath (2021)
Eimear Ryan
"Written with a wonderful clarity and insight, Holding Her Breath lingers in the imagination. Beth's unravelling and re-ravelling is drawn with great skill and empathy. A brilliant debut."
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Iron Annie (2021)
Luke Cassidy
"What an exquisite novel Iron Annie is. The narrative voice fair crackles: it's full of wonder, grit, insight, sadness and joy, and is quite beautiful. And Aoife is one of those fictional characters that arrives only once or twice in an age, sublimely rendered and completely unforgettable."
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Drift (2022)
Caryl Lewis
"A truly beautiful and haunting novel, and an incredible feat of storytelling."
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An Olive Grove in Ends (2022)
Moses McKenzie
"[An Olive Grove in Ends] is magnificent. Moses' talent is off the scale. I've been in a bit of a reading slump lately and it's a long time since a novel gripped me so tightly . . . This is a phenomenally good novel, tense and thrilling and complex, with breath-stealing moments on every page. And the language. Oh, man."

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