Donal Ryan Praises ‘The Good Son’

Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart, The Thing About December, the short story collection The Slanting Sun and most recently the novel All We Shall Know has praised The Good Son. Donal is the winner of 3 Irish Book Awards, the European Union Prize for Literature and the Guardian First Book Award.

Here is what he had to say about The Good Son

‘Mickey Donnelly’s voice still rings loud and shrill in my ears, weeks after reading The Good Son. His painful negotiation of the physical and psychic battlefields of late childhood and 1980s Belfast; his whip-crack analyses of the vagaries and vicissitudes of the explosive adult world; his disappointments and heartbreaks and adventures, form a vibrant yet strangely gentle chorus in my memory. It’s one of those books that’s written in such an accomplished and natural way that it seems not like a book at all, but a perfect, fully-formed rendering of reality through another’s eyes. It’s a triumph of storytelling, an absolute gem.’ —Donal Ryan

What a honour. Thanks Donal.


The Good Son: Winner of The Polari Prize
Appearances: Outburst Festival Belfast, Nov 14
German Tour: Olpe Nov 15, Munich Nov 16, Regendburg Nov 17, Hamburg Nov 18
Shrewsbury Literature Festival: Nov 25/26


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