The Lilliput Press and Doubleday Ireland are delighted to announce that The Spinning Heart by debut author Donal Ryan has been long listed for the Man Booker Prize.
Antony Farrell, founder and Publisher at Lilliput, said this morning ‘I’m so proud of Donal and my team. I’m thrilled to bits.’
Donal’s work, though turned down by nearly 50 publishers and agents, has garnered praise from such luminaries as Jennifer Johnston and John Boyne, who said ‘… I can’t imagine a more original, more perceptive or more passionate work than this.’
Donal Ryan won the coveted ‘Newcomer of the Year Award’ at Ireland’s Bord Gas Energy Book Awards, with The Spinning Heart going on to win the ‘Novel of the Year’ Award.
Donal’s manuscript was first plucked from the slush pile by an intern at Lilliput in 2011. The Spinning Heart was later co-published by Lilliput and Doubleday Ireland, and is one of three Irish works on the List.
‘I’m delighted and honoured to be sharing a long list with writers like Colm Toibin and Colum McCann and am so grateful to the wonderful Lilliput Press for believing in me from the start,’ said Donal upon hearing of his place on the long list.
Donal Ryan, originally from Tipperary, wrote The Spinning Heart in the long summer nights of 2010. It is his first novel. Donal now lives in Limerick with his wife Anne-Marie and their two children.
The Lilliput Press has been producing prize-winning authors and beautiful works of fiction and non-fiction for nearly 30 years. With a full-time staff of just three, they have published major writing talents including Kevin Power, Mike McCormack, Des Hogan, Kevin Myers, Mike Scott, John Moriarty, Maurice Craig and Flann O’Brien.
Lilliput, in partnership with Doubleday Ireland, will release Donal’s second novel, The Thing About December later this year. Writing.ie spoke to Donal about his publishing journey here.