Donal Ryan is from Nenagh in County Tipperary. His first three novels, The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December and All We Shall Know, and his short story collection A Slanting of the Sun, 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; it was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was recently voted 'Irish Book of the Decade'. His fourth novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, will be published in March 2018. A former civil servant, Donal lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and their two children just outside Limerick City.
"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 * 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 * 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