Donal Ryan


Why it Will Win: The Kills by Richard House

Why_It_Will_WinOver the course of the next eight days, leading up the Man Booker shortlist announcement on September 10th, each one of our eight bloggers will champion a different nominated title and explain Why it Will Win the coveted prize.

Today, Aaron explains why he’s 100% certain that Richard House’s The Kills will be crowned the victor on October 15th.


2013 Longlisted: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

The_Spinning_HeartRating: 3.5
The Spinning Heart 
A Novel by Donal Ryan
2012 /160 pages

The picture on the front cover depicts a gate, with the picture on the Irish cover going further and depicting a red heart in the centre of the gate. The reason for this detail, and a detail best provided by the Irish cover, is provided to the reader at the very outset of the book. Bobby Mahon opens The Spinning Heart by saying he dutifully goes to check on his father each day at the cottage he was raised in. He goes there each day to check to see if the old man has died yet – and Bobby is disappointed every one of those days – for no, unfortunately, he has not. As for the gate:

“There’s a red metal heart in the centre of the low front gate, skewered on a rotating hinge. It’s flaking now; the red is nearly gone. It needs to be scraped and sanded and painted and oiled. It still spins in the wind, though. I can hear it creak, creak, creak as I walk away. A flaking, creaking, spinning heart.”


The Many Covers Of The 2013 Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_Logo_300x300I know, I know, never judge a book by its cover, right?  But how can you help it?  Like it or not, we’re all highly visual beings and cover art can make or break a book when it comes to sales.

Below I’ve complied all the different covers that have been released across the globe for each of the 13 Booker nominees.  Let’s play a little game.  Comment below and tell us, based on looks alone, who would get the Booker for best cover design?



13 Facts About This Year’s Man Booker Nominees

Man_Booker_2013I did me some internet sleuthing this morning.  Don’t judge.  Seriously, how productive have YOU been today?

In no particular order, here are 13 facts about this year’s Man Booker nominated authors and/or titles that you probably haven’t heard about.

Or maybe you have.

Or maybe you’re lying.

Whatever the case may be, I’m not here to rain on your literary parade  Take credit.  Look smart. Impress your friends.  But above all, enjoy.