Want to know about Ireland now? Here are the books to read
A Minister, a historian and 13 Irish writers select the modern works - from Ross O'Carroll-Kelly to Donal Ryan - that capture for them the state of the country
This is Ireland: 12 books that capture the Ireland of now
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
The Spinning Heart gives us a kaleidoscopic view of rural and small-town Ireland in the years after the economic crash. Donal Ryan knows everything about his characters: not just their hopes, dreams and disappointments, but also the numbers on their payslips and social security cheques.