Transworld Ireland
The Spinning Heart
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29 November 2013

Transworld Ireland are delighted to announce that Donal Ryan has won the Guardian First Book Award for The Spinning Heart.

Lisa Allardice, editor of Guardian Review and chair of the Guardian First Book Award judging panel, said: "Slim in size, ambitious in structure and devastating in its emotional force, The Spinning Heart is a bravura performance. Donal Ryan gives voice to those who are more used to silence and to feelings that are often unexpressed: the 21 internal monologues come together as a great cry of pain from a community in crisis. It was a tough decision, as always, but here is a new novelist whom we all felt we would be hearing more from in the future."

Paul Mason, novelist and broadcaster and member of the judging panel, said: "When someone pops up and says, I'm going to tell the entire story of how a country was ripped off, and its illusions shattered, in the voices of twenty-odd nobodies from a rural town, and here's the demotic language, and here's the poetry and bitterness of working class life - and then delivers, in their first novel, you've just got to stand back and applaud. There were two or three strong contenders but what stood out for me was Ryan's audacity."

Donal dedicated the award to all writers "working at their beginnings"."Of the many obstacles that stand in the way of a first book as it makes its precarious way into the world and into its readers hands," he explained, "fear is often the biggest and the most difficult to surmount. Fear of not being good enough, of not being able to say what we mean."

This shortlist has been decided by Waterstones bookclubs around the UK and a group of judges including: Lisa Allardice (editor, Guardian Review), Stuart Broom (events programmer, Waterstones), as well as novelists Rachel Cusk, Philip Hensher, Paul Mason and Susie Orbach.

For images and all press enquiries, please contact Kate Green on: 020 8231 6735 k.green@transworld-publishers.co.uk or Helen Gleed O’Connor on: helen@gillhess.ie /+353 1849 1801

22 November 2013

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan has been shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013.

Transworld Ireland are delighted to announce today that Donal Ryan’s debut novel The Spinning Heart has joined authors including NoViolet Bulawayo and Shereen El Feki on the Guardian First Book Award shortlist.

This shortlist has been decided by Waterstones bookclubs around the UK and a group of judges including: Lisa Allardice (editor, Guardian Review), Stuart Broom (events programmer, Waterstones), as well as novelists Rachel Cusk, Philip Hensher, Paul Mason and Susie Orbach. The judges will announce the winner at an awards ceremony at the Tate Modern on 28th November.

The Guardian First Book Award was established in 1999 and is awarded annually to first-time authors writing in English, or translated into English, across all genres. Now in its 15th year, the award is unique in judging debut works of fiction alongside those of non-fiction and is the only literary award that rewards first time writers.

The Spinning Heart was originally published in Ireland in October 2012 as a co-publication between newly formed Transworld Ireland imprint Doubleday Ireland and The Lilliput Press.. The Spinning Heart won Book of the Year at the 2012 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards and Donal’s second novel released on 24th October 2013, The Thing About December is now shortlisted for the Eason Book of the Year to be announced on 26th November. The paperback edition of The Spinning Heart will be published on 2nd January 2014.

 

For images and all press enquiries, please contact Kate Green on: 020 8231 6735 k.green@transworld-publishers.co.uk or Helen Gleed O’Connor on: helen@gillhess.ie /+353 1849 1801

11 September 2013

Transworld Ireland is delighted to announce the publication of a new book by Irish rugby star Ronan O’Gara this autumn.

In  Ronan O’Gara: Unguarded, the Irish rugby legend reflects on his career as he embarks on the next stage of his life as a coach with Paris-based Racing Metro, and offer forthright opinions, anecdotes and analysis on the sport,  its players and coaches.  The book has been written with the award-winning Gerry Thornley, who has been rugby correspondent of the Irish Times since 1997.

O’Gara announced his retirement from playing in May as the leading points scorer in Munster, Ireland and Heineken Cup history and the most capped player for Munster and Ireland. He was instrumental in Munster’s triumphs in the Heineken Cup in 2006 and 2008 and Ireland’s Grand Slam in the Six Nations Championship in 2009.

Ronan O’Gara: My Autobiography, also published by Transworld Ireland, won the Irish Sports Book of the Year award in 2008.

World rights in Ronan O’Gara: Unguarded were acquired by Transworld Ireland publisher Eoin McHugh, with editor Giles Elliott, from Jonathan Harris of Sport & Artist Management.

Ronan O’Gara: Unguarded

For UK press enquiries please contact: Madeline Toy on m.toy@transworld-publishers.co.uk or 020 8231 6736

For Irish press enquiries please contact: Declan Heeney on declan@gillhess.ie or 0868320390

23 August 2013

Transworld Ireland are delighted to announce that The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013

Announced today Man Booker longlisted author, Donal Ryan has joined the 10 strong longlist for the Guardian First Book Award.

The Spinning Heart was originally published in Ireland in October 2012 as a co-publication between newly formed Transworld Ireland imprint Doubleday Ireland and The Lilliput Press. The Spinning Heart won Book of the Year at the 2012 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. The UK edition was published by Doubleday Ireland in June 2013 and Donal has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013.

The Guardian First Book Award was established in 1999 and is awarded annually to first-time authors writing in English, or translated into English, across all genres. Now in its 15th year, the award is unique in judging debut works of fiction alongside those of non-fiction and is the only literary award that rewards first time writers.

The shortlist will be announced on 9th November and the winner’s awards ceremony on 28th November. The winner will be decided by a set of judges chaired by Lisa Allardice, editor of the Guardian Review, along with Waterstones reading groups around the UK.

For images and all press enquiries, please contact Kate Green on 020 8231 6735 / k.green@transworld-publishers.co.uk

30 May 2008

Transworld Ireland, an imprint of the Random House Group, officially launched in Dublin

Transworld Ireland was officially launched on Wednesday evening, when over 200 people gathered for a lively celebration at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin.

Notable guests at the event included former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, whose autobiography will be published in October 2009 – a major acquisition announced by publisher Eoin McHugh on the night.

In his speech, Eoin also drew attention to highlights of Transworld Ireland’s schedule for this autumn, which include an autobiography by rugby star Ronan O’Gara, and the first ever biography of our new Taoiseach, Brian Cowen.

The party enjoyed fantastic support from Eoin’s former colleagues across the Irish book trade. Other guests included bestselling authors Patricia Scanlan, John Boyne, Anita Notaro, Marita Conlon-McKenna and Claudia Carroll, as well as new and upcoming authors like Amanda Hearty and Amanda Brunker.

Transworld Ireland is an ambitious and vibrant new imprint, dedicated to sourcing and publishing the best of Irish fiction and non-fiction.

For further information, please contact: Aislinn Casey on +44 20 8231 6712 or e-mail a.casey@transworld-publishers.co.uk

9 May 2008

Transworld Ireland to publish Ronan O’Gara’s autobiography

The autobiography of Irish rugby star Ronan O’Gara will be published by Transworld Ireland this October.

Ronan O’Gara’s contribution to Irish and international rugby cannot be underestimated – he is quite simply one of the greatest sportsmen that Ireland has ever produced.

Born in San Diego, California, and brought up in Cork, Ronan O’Gara was a star player at Presentation Brothers College, University College Cork and Cork Constitution, before becoming a key member of the Munster team and the Irish national squad. Since making his international debut in 2000, O'Gara has gone on to win more than 80 international caps and scored 827 points for Ireland, making him the leading points scorer in Irish rugby history. He has scored more points than any other player in the history of the Heineken Cup – 943 to date, a figure that is almost 250 points clear of his nearest rival. He is among the top ten all-time points scorers in the world; won the Triple Crown with Ireland in 2004, 2006 and 2007; and was a member of the British & Irish Lions touring teams in both 2001 and 2005.
 
Yet, as in any sporting career, there have been setbacks as well, most notably Ireland's disappointing performance in last year’s Rugby World Cup. In his autobiography, for the first time, O'Gara will answer the critics, revealing his feelings as a series of flat performances sent the Irish crashing out of the championship, while he faced a series of front-page allegations about his private life.

In this candid, illuminating autobiography, O'Gara tells the story of his many on-field successes, culminating in the glorious year of 2006, when his tactical prowess and determination helped guide Ireland to the Triple Crown, and then Munster to a memorable Heineken Cup victory over Biarritz at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  Bringing O’Gara’s story right up to date, it includes Ireland’s 2008 Six Nations campaign, when he was named Irish captain for the first time in his career – a much-deserved recognition of his achievements for both Ireland and Munster, and of his status within the Irish squad.

Ronan O’Gara’s autobiography was acquired by Transworld Ireland from Jonathan Harris at Luxton Harris and will be published in October 2008.

Eoin McHugh, publisher at Transworld Ireland, says:

‘We are very excited to be publishing Ronan O’Gara’s autobiography. Ronan is a passionate and proud representative of his country and this is the unforgettable story of one of the world’s most talented rugby players at the very top of his game.’

For further information, please contact Aislinn Casey on +44 20 8231 6712 or e-mail a.casey@transworld-publishers.co.uk

25 April 2008

Transworld author triumphs at Irish Book Awards

Anita Notaro emerged triumphant at the Irish Book Awards, which took place last night in Dublin.

Take A Look At Me Now by Anita Notaro was declared winner of the Galaxy Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year.

Anita Notaro was shortlisted alongside some of the most acclaimed authors of popular fiction in Ireland today, such as Sheila O’Flanagan and Ross O’Carroll-Kelly.

Anita Notaro’s victory in the popular fiction category was especially significant as it was decided by a public vote, and Take A Look At Me Now is currently at No. 1 in the Irish paperback bestsellers list.

Anita Notaro said “I never imagined that I would have a No.1 bestseller but to have achieved that and to win Book of the Year in the same week is a dream come true.  I am absolutely delighted.”

The Irish Book Awards are the highest accolade granted by the Irish book industry and winners were announced at a gala dinner last night in Dublin’s Mansion House. The ceremony included a touching tribute, made by former Arts Minister Michael D. Higgins, to the late John O’Donohue, bestselling Transworld author who died last year.

For further information, please contact Aislinn Casey on +44 20 8231 6712 or e-mail a.casey@transworld-publishers.co.uk

5th March 2008

Anita Notaro shortlisted for Irish Book Award

Take a Look at Me Now by Anita Notaro has been shortlisted for the Galaxy Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year in this year’s Irish Book Awards. The shortlist of just six books was announced on 5th March and includes some of the most renowned authors of popular fiction in Ireland today, such as Sheila O’Flanagan and Ross O’Carroll-Kelly.

Anita Notaro is a TV producer, journalist and director, who worked for RTÉ for eighteen years. She has directed the Eurovision Song Contest and the Irish General Election, as well as programmes for the BBC and Channel 4. Take a Look at Me Now is her fourth novel, which was published to great critical acclaim in October 2007 and went on to reach number three in the Irish Book Charts.

The Irish Book Awards were established in 2006 with the aim of promoting and celebrating excellence in Irish writing. The winner of the Galaxy Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year will be decided by a public vote and will be announced at a gala awards ceremony at the Mansion House in Dublin on 24th March.

To register your vote for Take a Look at Me Now, by Anita Notaro, visit www.irishbookawards.ie.

For further information, please contact Aislinn Casey on +44 20 8231 6712 or e-mail a.casey@transworld-publishers.co.uk

27th February 2008

Transworld Ireland’s first title goes straight to number one

Patricia Scanlan’s latest novel, Forgive and Forget, has gone straight to number one in the Irish Book Charts just days after publication. Not only is this Transworld Ireland’s first number one, but Forgive and Forget is also the first title to be published under the Transworld Ireland imprint, which was established last year.

Eoin McHugh, publisher at Transworld Ireland, says:

‘We are thrilled with Patricia’s success, and it’s all the more special considering that Forgive and Forget is the first title ever to be published on the Transworld Ireland list. We’re off to a great start and I’m very confident that this is just the first of many success stories. We’re building a fantastic list of authors and the forthcoming months should see us establish ourselves as a major force in Irish publishing.’

For further information, please contact Aislinn Casey on +44 20 8231 6712 or e-mail a.casey@transworld-publishers.co.uk

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