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From a Low and Quiet Sea
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2018
***LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018***
***SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018***
'Beautiful and affecting' David Nicholls
'An engrossing, unpredictable, beautifully crafted novel' RODDY DOYLE
Farouk's country has been torn apart by war.
Lampy's heart has been laid waste by Chloe.
John's past torments him as he nears his end.
The refugee. The dreamer. The penitent. From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, three men, scarred by all they have loved and lost, are searching for some version of home. Each is drawn towards a powerful reckoning, one that will bring them together in the most unexpected of ways.
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"A thing of such beauty and compassion, a reminder of what the very finest sentences can do to shatter and then reassemble our hearts" * Kamila Shamsie * "Beautiful and affecting" * David Nicholls * "I struggle to think of a writer who has been so prolific and consistent in quality as Ryan . . . Brutally honest, moving and often hilarious" * Guardian * "An engrossing, unpredictable, beautifully crafted novel; Donal Ryan is giving us characters - their angles and their language - that we haven't seen in Irish literature before." -- RODDY DOYLE "Donal Ryan has not only bounded over a wall into new territory, but built himself a castle there . . . This is a superb novel." -- JOHN BOYNE "From a Low and Quiet Sea is not only very cleverly constructed, but deeply moving too. I loved it." * Louis de Bernieres * "Donal Ryan writes characters so well that as a reader you think `I've met that man', or `I know that woman.' But as a writer you simply wonder `how does he do it?' From a Low and Quiet Sea is brutal and beautiful, carefully crafted portraits, deep and real, tied together, fashioned by a true artist. I absolutely loved it." -- KIT DE WAAL "Themes of kindness and humanity are the binding thread...and Ryan writes of them with characteristic warmth and insight." * Sunday Times * "The book has stayed with me" -- Jonathan Franzen * Guardian, Best Books of 2018 * "It's a beautiful, luminous kind of piece - full of mystery, compassion, woven with such skill; heartbreaking and restorative. I will carry these splintered men around with me for a long time, along with the women who have loved them." -- RACHEL JOYCE