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Donal Ryan - Author


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 Anne Marie and two children just outside Limerick City.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Donal Ryan

The Thing About December by Donal Ryan
The Thing About December
Donal Ryan
A powerful, moving account of rural Irish life, of a farming family, domineering parents, a ‘slow witted’ son and the effect of progress. Johnsey, the simple, child-like son, tragically inherits the farm and whether through a misunderstanding or bloody-mindedness refuses...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2014
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
The Spinning Heart
Donal Ryan
A small Irish village is suffering from the collapse of its local factory, leaving most of the population with financial problems. We hear of their lives through some twenty-one narratives. This is an extraordinary feat, a stunning work which has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/12/2013
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
The Spinning Heart
Donal Ryan
Winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2013. The Spinning Heart speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/06/2013

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