Author Donal wins Guardian prize

Nenagh author Donal Ryan has been named the winner of the 2013 Guardian First Book Award, in association with Waterstones, for his debut novel The Spinning Heart, which is set in the aftermath of the financial collapse.

Nenagh author Donal Ryan has been named the winner of the 2013 Guardian First Book Award, in association with Waterstones, for his debut novel The Spinning Heart, which is set in the aftermath of the financial collapse.

The Guardian First Book Award recognises the finest new authors who have had their first book published in English in the last year. The award pits fiction and non-fiction in a competition that seeks excellence, promise and originality in new writing. As winner, Ryan receives a £10,000 prize plus an advertising package in the Guardian and The Observer.