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The Spinning Heart (Paperback)
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The Spinning Heart (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 19/12/2013
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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

"My father still lives back the road past the weir in the cottage I was reared in. I go there every day to see is he dead and every day he lets me down. He hasn't yet missed a day of letting me down."

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. Donal Ryan's brilliantly realized debut announces a stunning new voice in literary fiction.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ireland Ltd
ISBN: 9781781620083
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 115 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 10 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Funny, moving and beautifully written" -- Edna O'Brien
"It's furious, it's moving, it's darkly funny, it punches you right in the gut, the writing is effortlessly wonderful, and every one of the wide variety of voices rings utterly true." -- Tana French * New York Times *
"[An] extraordinarily accomplished first novel... here is a new Irish writer of the very first order. Donal Ryan is the real deal. ... a brilliantly realised, utterly resonant state-of-the-nation landscape ... Ryan's feat is considerable. Narrative and character information is distributed among so many different voices and yet we never feel at a loss. Even the characters on the margins of the story ... add compelling colour and texture. Best of all, Ryan's ear for speech is acute. ... Given a novel as brilliantly realised as The Spinning Heart, I see no reason to look anywhere but the present. For Donal Ryan, the future is now." -- Declan Hughes * Sunday Independent *
"Donal Ryan's precise and evocative debut ... is a textured account of a community as it was during a brief moment of time. ... unexpectedly tender ... Ryan's prism of life and lives is compellingly humane. ... This is an exciting, relevant and believable contemporary novel about the lost and the wounded that listens to the present without discarding either the sins of the fathers or the literary legacy of the past." -- Eileen Battersby * The Irish Times *
"There's a powerful sense of place and shared history binding Ryan's many voices, their inner and outer selves, distilling a linguistic richness comparable to Under Milk Wood. . . . Ryan's novel . . . seems to draw speech out of the deepest silences; the testimony of his characters rings rich and true - funny and poignant and banal and extraordinary - and we can't help but listen." * The Guardian *

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“An unusual, clever, challenging novel”

This is a very cleverly constructed book and I'll be honest: I probably need to read it again to fully appreciate it. A succession of different people in a small modern Irish town - experiencing the collapse of... More

Paperback edition
1st April 2013
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Joe at Doncaster

“A very enjoyable debut”

The Waterstones 11 list delivers again!

This is an enjoyable and compelling read, told from multiple viewpoints as the characters reveal life in post-housing-crash Ireland of the 2000s in a conversational and easy to... More

Paperback edition
25th June 2013
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“Excellent”

The Spinning Heart is a stunning book. It is set in a small town just after Ireland's financial collapse. It is cleverly constructed, describing the impact of the collapse through events in the town as told by 21... More

Paperback edition
14th May 2013
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