We’ve selected Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart for the next discussion. This has been highlighted since January as one of the Waterstones Eleven, which celebrates outstanding debuts in fiction. We’re also thrilled to point out that it has made the Man Booker Prize longlist! This is a fantastically unique read, and a cleverly constructed cautionary tale of the dangers of hearsay.
We’ll be discussing it on Monday 27th August at 5.30pm, Costa Coffee, Upper Mall Frenchgate Centre and look forward to seeing you all there.
If you’d like to buy it from Waterstones Doncaster, you can let Leilah know and they’ll order it in for you. Book club members are entitled to £1 off, disclaimer.
This book is longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013; longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013; and Winner of Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2012. “My father still lives back the road past the weir in the cottage I was reared in. I go there every day to see is he dead and every day he lets me down. He hasn’t yet missed a day of letting me down.” In the aftermath of Ireland’s financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. Through a chorus of unique voices, each struggling to tell their own kind of truth, a single authentic tale unfolds. The Spinning Heart speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts of a generation. Technically daring and evocative of Patrick McCabe and J.M. Synge, this novel of small-town life is witty, dark and sweetly poignant. Donal Ryan’s brilliantly realized debut announces a stunning new voice in literary fiction.
Publisher: Doubleday Ireland