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Donal Ryan

Biography

Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan is the author of THE SPINNING HEART, THE THING ABOUT DECEMBER, A SLANTING OF THE SUN and ALL WE SHALL KNOW, which have all been published to major acclaim. THE SPINNING HEART won the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize. Donal holds a Writing Fellowship at the University of Limerick. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and their two children just outside of Limerick.

Donal Ryan

Books by Donal Ryan

by Donal Ryan - Fiction

Farouk has tried to protect his wife and daughter from the war and hatred that has torn Syria apart. If they stay, they will lose their freedom. If they flee, they will lose all they have known of home. Lampy has too much going on in his small town life in Ireland. He has the city girl for a bit of fun, but she's not Chloe, and Chloe took his heart away when she left him. There's also the secret his mother will never tell him. The game --- manipulating people --- was always the lifeblood coursing through John's veins. But the ghost of his beloved brother and the bitter disappointment of his father have shadowed him all his life. These three men are searching for some version of home, and their lives are moving inexorably towards a reckoning that will draw them all together.

by Donal Ryan - Fiction

Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. At 33 years old, she finds herself pregnant with the child of a 17-year-old Traveller boy, Martin Toppy, and not by her husband Pat. Melody was teaching Martin to read, but now he’s gone, and Pat also leaves, full of rage. She’s trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming, while the past won’t let her go. It’s a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a bold young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody’s life.