All We Shall Know

All We Shall Know

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'Martin Toppy is the son of a famous Traveller and the father of my unborn child. He's seventeen, I'm thirty-three. I was his teacher. I'd have killed myself by now if I was brave enough. I don't think it would hurt the baby. His little heart would stop with mine. He wouldn't feel himself leaving one world of darkness for another, his spirit untangling itself from me.' Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn't take her news too well. She doesn't want to tell her father yet because he's a good man and this could break him. She's trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming - larger by the day - while the past won't let her go. What she did to Breedie Flynn all those years ago still haunts her. It's a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody's life. Donal Ryan's new novel is breathtaking, vivid, moving and redemptive.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 21mm | 314g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • DOUBLEDAY
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0857524372
  • 9780857524379
  • 25,435

About Donal Ryan

Donal Ryan is from Nenagh in County Tipperary. His first two novels, The Spinning Heart and The Thing About December, and his short story collection A Slanting of the Sun, have all been published to major acclaim. The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award, the EU Prize for Literature (Ireland), and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards; it was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize. The Thing About December was shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and the title story of A Slanting of the Sun won the writing.ie Short Story of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. His third novel, All We Shall Know, will be published in autumn 2016. Donal holds a Writing Fellowship at the University of Limerick. He lives with his wife Anne Marie and their two children just outside Limerick City.show more

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"Donal Ryan's new book is an enthrallingly impassioned and compassionate read, ferocious but humane. All We Shall Know acknowledges the acts of vicious self-destruction the human heart is capable of, but does not accept the irreparability of such acts. To his raw, wounded and grieving characters Donal Ryan says: If you are still breathing, you can be redeemed." -- Colin Barrett "I read it with enormous pleasure. He is a remarkably imaginative and beautiful user of the language. This book is very moving and true. I love the truth in his work." -- Jennifer Johnston "All We Shall Know is really very good. All that we've come to expect from Donal: great humanity and an uncanny sense of place but this time - and at last! - we have a man writing from a woman's point of view in a totally convincing and non-patronising way." -- Christine Dwyer Hickey "An extraordinary portrait of adultery, loneliness and betrayal ... One of the finest writers working in Ireland today ... worthy of Greek drama ... in the great tradition of tragic fiction, his lonely adulteress coming to grief in the same shadowy spaces as Emma Bovary or Anna Karenina." -- John Burnside Guardian "A joy to read, for all that it breaks your heart ... builds on [Ryan's] reputation for cramming generations of grief and disappointment into less than 200 pages of beautiful prose... He has also created two female character - cussed and brave, vulnerable and cruel - who come together to repair the past and stitch together a possible future." -- Katy Guest Independentshow more

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All We Shall Know ‘A remarkably imaginative and beautiful user of the language. This book is very moving and true. I love the truth in his work.’ – Jennifer Johnston ‘All that we’ve come to expect from Donal – great humanity and an uncanny sense of place but this time – and at last! – we have a man writing from a woman’s point of view in a totally convincing and non-patronising way.’ – Christine Dwyer Hickey ‘Donal Ryan’s new book is an enthrallingly impassioned and compassionate read, ferocious but humane. All We Shall Know acknowledges the acts of vicious self-destruction the human heart is capable of, but does not accept that these acts are beyond repair. To his raw, wounded and grieving characters Donal Ryan says: If you are still breathing, you can be redeemed.’ – Colin Barrett The Spinning Heart Winner of the Guardian First Book Award Winner of the European Union Prize for Literature (Ireland) Winner of Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards ‘Funny, moving and beautifully written.’ – Edna O’Brien ‘I can’t imagine a more original, more perceptive or more passionate work than this. Outstanding.’ – John Boyne The Thing About December ‘A novel to replenish the reader’s heart and spruce the reader’s soul.’ – Sebastian Barry ‘Ryan writes from the rural heartland in prose that always pushes for the truth of things. . . . unnoticeably beautiful . . . devastating.’ – Anne Enright A Slanting of the Sun ‘Lyrical and honest and utterly true.’ – Mary Costello #allweshallknowshow more

Review Text

"An extraordinary portrait of adultery, loneliness and betrayal . . . One of the finest writers working in Ireland today . . . worthy of Greek drama . . . . . . in the great tradition of tragic fiction, his lonely adulteress coming to grief in the same shadowy spaces as Emma Bovary or Anna Karenina."show more

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‘Martin Toppy is the son of a famous Traveller and the father of my unborn child. He’s seventeen, I'm thirty-three. I was his teacher. I’d have killed myself by now if I was brave enough. I don’t think it would hurt the baby. His little heart would stop with mine. He wouldn't feel himself leaving one world of darkness for another, his spirit untangling itself from me.’ Melody Shee is alone and in trouble. Her husband doesn’t take her news too well. She can’t tell her father yet because he’s a good man and this could break him. She’s trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming – larger by the day – while the past won’t let her go. What she did to Breedie Flynn all those years ago still haunts her. It’s a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody’s life. Donal Ryan’s new novel is breathtaking, vivid, moving and redemptive.show more