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Donal Ryan triumphs at Guardian First Book Award

Having already hit the heights of the bestseller lists in Ireland with his two acclaimed novels, The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December, Doubleday Ireland author Donal Ryan has capped a triumphant year by winning the Guardian First Book Award (see press release) for The Spinning Heart. The Spinning Heart was also long-listed for both the Man Booker Prize 2013 and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2014, and won Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards in 2012.

Donal’s second novel, The Thing About December is out now in Ireland and will be published in the New Year in the UK in hardback. The Thing About December is a heart-twisting tale of a lonely man struggling to make sense of a world moving faster than he is. Here’s a taste of the excellent reviews: ‘Ryan’s work has set a benchmark to which other writers will aspire’ (Irish Times); ‘fully confirms the promise of his earlier novel’ (Irish Independent); ‘a powerful and satisfying read’ (Sunday Times).

And there is more great reading from Transworld Ireland this autumn, with plenty of star quality, some familiar names, and a broad range of fresh new fiction and non-fiction.

Ronan O’Gara has been at the heart of Munster and Irish rugby for the past fifteen years. Now, as he comes to the end of a glittering playing career, it is time for him to reflect on those many successes and occasional disappointments with the straight-talking attitude that has become his trademark. Never one to shy away from calling it as it is, the result is Ronan O'Gara: Unguarded.

Another bestseller is Colm O’Regan’s That's More Of It Now: The Second Book Of Irish Mammies, the follow-up to the publishing phenomenon Isn't It Well For Ye?, which brought the wonderful world of the Irish mammy to homes across Ireland. That’s More Of It Now brings us even deeper into this parallel universe.

Seventeen weeks pregnant and facing a miscarriage, Savita Halappanavar and her husband Praveen walked into an Irish maternity hospital in October 2012. A week later, Savita was dead. Kitty Holland’s Savita: The Tragedy that Shook a Nation, recounts one of the most seismic events of recent years in Ireland and the worldwide shockwaves that followed.

When Kevin Heffernan died in January 2013, he was widely acclaimed as a giant amongst GAA men. Like no other manager in the history of the GAA, his strength of mind and determination as a leader raised an army that was called his own – Heffo’s Army. Heffo: A Brilliant Mind, Liam Hayes’s biography of the late Dublin manager, is out now.

Sr Stan’s new book Day By Day offers words of wisdom that will inspire and comfort you on your journey through life, drawing on some of the most enlightened figures from both the past and the present, and also featuring thought-provoking contributions from influential figures such as Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman, Dr Tony Bates, Brendan Kennelly and Lelia Doolan.

Eamon Dillon’s Gypsy Empire, the follow-up to his bestseller The Outsiders, uncovers the secret world of Irish Travellers, focusing on the feuds that often tear families apart; the bare-knuckle fighters who have become celebrated, both within the Traveller community and in the media; and the multi-millionaire traders who operate on the margins of the law.

Andrew Hughes’s The Convictions of John Delahunt is a chilling and brilliantly evocative story of murder in Victorian Dublin, with a Dickensian cast of characters, and a seductively dark anti-hero at its core. C.J. Sansom says it is “a quite exceptional novel” which “draws you in like a trap and the conclusion is unexpected and touching”. The Convictions of John Delahunt has been shortlisted for Crime Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards.

Set on a remote Irish island in the 1970s, Alison Jameson’s Little Beauty tells the story of Laura Quinn, an independent-minded woman who has spent her life on Whale Island, but never quite belongs there. At times humorous and ultimately heart-breaking, this is a brilliant portrayal of love, motherhood and sacrifice that will linger long in the mind. The Irish Times called it “a wonderfully unsentimental and entertaining portrait”.

We also have a feast for fans of crime thrillers. In Niamh O’Connor’s Blink, CS Jo Birmingham takes a back seat to her troubled colleague DI Gavin Sexton, who is looking into a tragic spate of teenage suicides. In Ken Bruen’s Purgatory, Jack Taylor is drawn into the world of a vigilante, intent on scraping the scum off the streets of Galway. Mark O’Sullivan’s Crocodile Tears introduces us to the messy, murky world of Detective Inspector Leo Woods; Peter Robinson called it “a compelling read”.

In Marita Conlon-McKenna’s The Rose Garden, recently widowed Molly faces an uncertain future, but she finds hope for a new beginning when she begins to restore the neglected rose garden and dilapidated gardener’s cottage. Also available in paperback is Marita’s Three Women, another beautifully told tale of passion.

Also available in paperback are Tipperary hurler Lar Corbett’s autobiography, All In My Head; and Danny Ellis’s bestselling lyrical and deeply moving memoir, The Boy at the Gate.

Find out more about other Transworld Ireland titles in our Books section.

Transworld Ireland was created in 2007 as an imprint of The Random House Group. We are committed to publishing a wide range of high-quality books of Irish interest, in both fiction and non-fiction.

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