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Thursday 18 September 2014

Man Booker nominee Donal gives reading

Published 06/08/2013 | 05:30

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SINCE Donal Ryan's debut novel was placed on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize, it has completely sold out in Ireland, and has gone for reprint.

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Fortunately, Gorey Librarian Hazel Percival somehow managed to get her hands on the last few copies of 'The Spinning Heart', which Limerick based Donald was only too happy to sign for those who attended a reading of his work in Gorey Library last week.

Around 70 people went along to hear the Nenagh native read from 'The Spinning Heart' for forty minutes, before a question and answer session.

Among those in the audience were his aunt Carmel O'Reilly and cousin Anne Marie Doyle, who live in Bunclody.

Hazel said that everyone was eager to congratulate Donal on his Booker nomination. 'He really captures people in rural Ireland in the 21 narratives in the book,' she said. 'He really captures the wit and turn of phrase of rural people.'

She said that Donal received 47 rejections from publishers, before being published by Lilliput and Doubleday. In fact, it was an intern at Lilliput who read his first book 'The Thing About December' and brought it to the attention of the decision makers at the company.

They then read his second work 'The Spinning Heart' and decided to publish it first. 'The Thing About December' will be published in September.

'People were bowled over with him,' said Hazel. 'He was affable and he was engaging. We will definitely hear more from him.'

Enniscorthy Guardian

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