DEBUT author Donal Ryan has said he’s “overwhelmed” after being nominated for a second prestigious award, this time worth £10,000, writes Anne Sheridan.
After some 47 rejections before it was plucked out of the slush pile by an intern, ‘The Spinning Heart’ was recently long-listed for this year’s Booker Prize, and has now been long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award in the UK. It’s regarded as the most prestigious annual award for new writers in Britain, and the winner will be announced in November.
“It’s all really unexpected. I didn’t expect it to have the impact that it has had. It’s a bit overwhelming,” the father of two told the Limerick Leader.
The Tipperary-born writer, who now lives in Castletroy, completed the book two years ago, but was turned down nearly 50 times before it was taken on by Lilliput Press in Dublin and Double Day, which he described as a “publishing dream team”. It went on to win the novel of the year at last year’s Irish Book Awards.