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Paraic O'Donnell

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Dublin, Ireland


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Paraic O’Donnell's first novel, The Maker of Swans, was named the Amazon Rising Stars Debut of the Month for February 2016, and was shortlisted for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards in the Newcomer of the Year category.

Praise for The Maker of Swans

‘Lavishly entertaining…strange and captivating.’

The Independent

‘At its best, the prose is glorious, combining an ear for deep cadences of language with a phenomenal acuity of vision…O’Donnell is clearly a major talent.’

The Guardian

‘A vividly imagined and deeply pleasurable gothic fantasy.’

Financial Times

‘Ambitious and original.’

The Irish Times

‘Extraordinarily readable…almost cinematic.’

Irish Independent

‘There’s sufficient invention and engaging strangeness to keep the reader enfolde

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The House on Vesper Sands

3.54 avg rating — 2,235 ratings — published 2018 — 19 editions
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The Maker of Swans

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I am not myself. It was a common enough form of words. It was what people said of themselves at such times as these. Perhaps it was not so much out of the ordinary. But the words were not right, not for this. It was a worse thing than becoming someone else, a more awful thing. There was a lack, when he sought himself, an incompleteness. He reached inward and found absences. He felt it when he tried to right himself, stumbling on a skewed board; the heft gone at his centre. Derelict—that was the word. He was derelict, or would be soon. He would stand day and night in the unseen weather, sheltering nothing living.”
Paraic O'Donnell, The Maker of Swans

“He was a monster always, and filled with jealousy, but my father restrained him. Once he was gone, well …”
Paraic O'Donnell, The House on Vesper Sands

“How inconvenient for the Gowdens, he said. But I suppose it won’t be terribly difficult to find another serving girl. One is much like another, after all.”
Paraic O'Donnell, The House on Vesper Sands

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