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

This is Ireland: 12 books that capture the Ireland of now

Anne Enright

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.

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