Donal Ryan Strange Flowers

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WINNER of the An Post Irish Novel of the Year 2020 & longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award

In 1973, twenty-year-old Moll Gladney takes a morning bus from her rural home and disappears.

Bewildered and distraught, Paddy and Kit must confront an unbearable prospect: that they will never see their daughter again.

Five years later, Moll returns. What - and who - she brings with her will change the course of her family's life forever.

Beautiful and devastating, this exploration of loss, alienation and the redemptive power of love reaffirms Donal Ryan as one of the most talented and empathetic writers at work today.

About the Author

Donal Ryan is an award-winning author from Nenagh, County Tipperary, whose work has been published in over twenty languages to major critical acclaim. The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards; it was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was voted 'Irish Book of the Decade'.

His fourth novel, From a Low and Quiet Sea, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018, and won the Jean Monnet Prize for European Literature. His most recent novel, Strange Flowers, was voted Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and was a number one bestseller.

Donal lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Limerick. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and their two children just outside Limerick City.

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'Here is love as a weapon and a balm. Love as faith, fate and redemption ... a gorgeously wrought book - compassionate without dissolving into nostalgia'
- Guardian

'Endlessly surprising and incredibly moving'
- David Nicholls

'A triumph ... Ryan slowly and beautifully reveals the way that even broken people can open the door fully to the truth of themselves'
- Independent, Best Books of 2020

'His moving story of love and loss deserves to win a host of awards. It's an outstanding read'
- Sunday Express

'I think you have to truly love people to write like this'
- Rachel Joyce

'A triumph of quiet but devastating power, by some distance the best novel I've read so far this year'
- Joseph O'Connor

'A big-hearted, beautiful work of art, full of truth and intensity'
- Kit de Waal

'Classic Ryan; poignant and atmospheric storytelling ... quiet but intermittently explosive'
- Observer

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