Award-winning author Donal Ryan will launch his new novel, ‘The Thing About December’, at The Book Shop in Nenagh on Friday, October 25th - Donal Ryan will be signing copies in The Book Shop from 7-9pm.
‘The Thing About December’ will be published by Doubleday Ireland from Thursday, October 24th - Donal Ryan’s second published novel was actually written before the award-winning ‘The Spinning Heart’.
‘The Thing About December’ immerses the reader in the life of Johnsey Cunliffe as he desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way on every road he walks down. It’s no wonder the crossbeam in the slatted shed seems to call to him.
Set over the course of one year of Johnsey’s life ‘The Thing About December’ breathes with his grief, bewilderment, humour and agonising self-doubt.
This is a heart-twisting tale of a lonely man struggling to make sense of a world moving faster than he is.
Donal Ryan’s award-winning debut novel, ‘The Spinning Heart’, garnered unprecedented acclaim, and now ‘The Thing About December’ looks certain to confirm his status as one of Ireland’s finest writers.
Earlier this year debut novelist Donal Ryan was nominated, alongside fellow Irishmen Colm Tóibín and Colum McCann, for the prestigious Man Booker prize - in all thirteen novelists were named on the longlist.
Ryan, a father of two, grew up in north Tipperary, but now lives in Limerick and works for as a civil servant. Donal Ryan is a former student of Nenagh CBS and graduated with honours from the University of Limerick where he studied law.
Ryan’s debut novel, entitled ‘The Spinning Heart’, tells the story of twenty-one Irish villagers during the recession - each inter-linked chapter exposes the inner life of a different character. Ryan’s outstanding piece of work has been compared to J M Synge and Patrick McCabe and also praised by notable authors like John Boyne (‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’) while Ryan’s writing style has been described as darkly comic.