Donal Ryan is from Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
He lives in Limerick with his wife Anne Marie and their two children.
Donal’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart, was a number one bestseller in Ireland and a Boston Globe bestseller in the US.
Donal won Best Newcomer and overall Book of the Year at the 2012 Irish Book Awards, the 2013 Guardian First Book Award in the UK, and the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature.
The Spinning Heart was long-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and was a finalist for the 2014 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Donal’s second novel, The Thing About December, was also a number one bestseller.
His short story collection, A Slanting of the Sun, was published by Penguin Random House in September 2015. The title story won Short Story of the Year at the 2015 Irish Book Awards.
His third novel, All We Shall Know, will be published in 2016.