Donal Ryan: ‘I fear failure, even though it’s necessary to fail over and over again as a writer’

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Another story holds that the real lia fail was hidden away for safekeeping until Ireland is ready for a High King again – if so, it’ll have a long wait.. Donal Ryan’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart, even though I should have known better. Daddy got all flustered and worried then.

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"Donal Ryan’s promising debut novel (The Spinning Heart) is surpassed by a tale (The Thing About December) that is destined to be pored over by judging panels for book prizes . . . Only 205 pages in length, it’s the kind of meaty read that should be sold with a knife and fork. . . powerful and satisfying."

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Which is daft, really, I know. After all, it is not the actual writing that can fail me – it is the publication, or rather, failure to achieve publication, which spoils it all. Back to that strange need for third party validation, which I’ll never quite get over. In the past, I have aimed at getting a hundred submissions out over 12 months.

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