All We Shall Know (Paperback)
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All We Shall Know (Paperback)

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Martin Toppy is the son of a famous Traveller and the father of my unborn child. He's seventeen, I'm thirty-three. I was his teacher. I'd have killed myself by now if I was brave enough. I don't think it would hurt the baby. His little heart would stop with mine. He wouldn't feel himself leaving one world of darkness for another, his spirit untangling itself from me.

Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn't take her news too well. She doesn't want to tell her father yet because he's a good man and this could break him.

She's trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming - larger by the day - while the past won't let her go. What she did to Breedie Flynn all those years ago still haunts her.

It's a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody's life.

Donal Ryan's new novel is breathtaking, vivid, moving and redemptive.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781784160258
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 178 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 16 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Donal Ryan, the king of the new wave of Irish writers, turned in a democratic work of genius this year. I was entranced by it. Buckled by it.' - Sebastian Barry, The Guardian Books of the Year 

'Impressed and moved me in equal measure. It's a stunning piece of work, utterly truthful and emotionally powerful, and the portrayal of the narrator's elderly father is so affecting that it sometimes had me in tears.' - Joseph O'Connor, Irish Independent Books of the Year 

'An extraordinary portrait of adultery, loneliness and betrayal . . . One of the finest writers working in Ireland today... worthy of Greek drama... in the great tradition of tragic fiction, his lonely adulteress coming to grief in the same shadowy spaces as Emma Bovary or Anna Karenina.' - John Burnside, The Guardian 

'So beautifully written and so full of compassion and humanity that I wanted to set fire to my laptop and never write again.' - Liz Nugent, Irish Independent Books of the Year 

'Donal Ryan's new book is an enthrallingly impassioned and compassionate read, ferocious but humane. All We Shall Know acknowledges the acts of vicious self-destruction the human heart is capable of, but does not accept the irreparability of such acts. To his raw, wounded and grieving characters Donal Ryan says: If you are still breathing, you can be redeemed.' - Colin Barrett

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“Extraordinary small town tragedy....”

There are two main characters in this wonderfully crafted book about love and redemption. Melody the young wife, adulteress is pregnant after a brief affair with her student a young traveller. Mary is young... More

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“Superb - I cried!”

While I must admit that his latest, From a Low and Quiet Sea, is still on my huge bedside to-read pile, I have to say that Donal Ryan is fast becoming one of my stand-out current writers. I was unprepared for just how... More

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