He was born in Dublin. He is the author of eight novels: Cowboys and Indians (short-listed for the Whitbread Prize), Desperadoes, The Salesman, Inishowen, Star of the Sea, Redemption Falls, Ghost Light and The Thrill of it All, as well as two collections of short stories, True Believers and Where Have You Been?, and a number of bestselling works of non-fiction. He has also written radio diaries, film scrips and stage-plays including the multiple award-winning Red Roses and Petrol and an acclaimed adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel My Cousin Rachel.
He was born in 1967 and spent his youth in Africa. Between 1990 and 2006 he worked as a journalist on the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian. In 1998 he published The Last King of Scotland, which won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was later made into a feature film. The author of three other novels and also a work of narrative non-fiction, he was appointed Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2007. He lives in Norfolk.
Tipperary born Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart is a first novel that has not only stunned critics, and launched the new Doubleday Ireland imprint in a unique collaboration with The Lilliput Press, but won Sunday Independent Best Irish Newcomer of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2012. In incredibly exciting news, The Spinning Heart has also been longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.