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The Spinning Heart

The Spinning Heart

Donal Ryan

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'Funny, moving and beautifully written' Edna O'Brien. In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town.

Winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2013

Shortlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Award 2014

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013

Winner of Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2012

'Funny, moving and beautifully written' Edna O'Brien In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires.

Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds. 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 thoughts of a generation.

Technically daring and evocative of Patrick McCabe and J.M. Synge, this novel of small-town life is witty, dark and sweetly poignant. 'Filled with light and shade, love and tragedy ... if it was a song you could sing it' Anne Enright`Donal Ryan is the real deal. ... a brilliantly realised, utterly resonant state-of-the-nation landscape' Sunday Independent `I can't imagine a more original, more perceptive or more passionate work than this.

Outstanding' John Boyne`It's furious, it's moving, it's darkly funny, it punches you right in the gut' New York Times

Additional Information

Author Donal Ryan
Publisher Transworld
Publication date 23 Apr 2019
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781784165000

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