Limerick-based writing king publishes his latest work of fiction

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LIMERICK-BASED creative writing genius Donal Ryan has released his latest new work of fiction, The Queen of Dirt Island.

The North Tipperary man, who lives in Castletroy, Limerick with his wife and family, has published six novels and a collection of short stories, with all of his novels ranking number one bestsellers.

Sebastian Barry, novelist and playwright, has described the University of Limerick creative writing professor as “the king of the new wave of Irish writers”.

Her latest book, The Queen of Dirt Island, hitting shelves August 16, tells the story of four generations of women and the love and stories that bind them together.

It centers on the Aylward women, who are crazy about each other, but wouldn’t always think so. It is a story of both terrible betrayals and fierce loyalties.

Louise O’Neill, a best-selling author from West Cork, said she would “struggle” to think of an Irish author working today, who fulfills her work with as much compassion as the Limerick-based writer.

Donal previously worked for the National Employment Rights Authority until 2014 and holds a law degree from the University of Limerick, which predates his illustrious venture into the literary world.

It has won numerous awards, including: the European Union Prize for Literature, the Guardian First Book Award, four Irish Book Awards and a longlist nomination for the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2013.

The queen of Dirt Island has entered directly into the category of the top 20 fiction books in Irish bookstores.

Roisin Meaney, a prolific author from Limerick who has amassed over 20 novels in his extraordinary writing career, said: “It’s wonderful, his best yet.”

The Queen of Dirt Island is available from O’ Mahony’s, Eason and Limerick bookstores and online.


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