Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

On Putting The Holy Into Wholly Deserved

Hearty congrats to William Ryan, author of THE HOLY THIEF, which has just been shortlisted for Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Fiction Award, a nomination that is holy, oops, wholly deserved. The news comes courtesy of Eileen Battersby in the Irish Times, who had this to say:
The Irish thriller genre has been consolidated by a large group of writers producing international fiction, much of it based in Dublin. The inclusion of William Ryan’s first novel is an important acknowledgment of the strength of the Irish thriller, although his book looks to the history of the Stalinist era. - Eileen Battersby
  For the rest of the (non-crime) nominees, clickety-click here


Eamonn Sweeney said...

International fiction, much of it based in Dublin???

seana said...

I'm sure Eileen Battersby is usually a good reviewer, but that is a very confusing paragraph.

Eamonn Sweeney said...

It's good to see William Ryan getting this nod but, looking through the programmes for Listowel, Cuirt in Galway which is on this week and the West Cork festival later in the Summer, crime writing is notable by its absence.
There's John Connolly in Listowel, there's Eoin McNamee doing a workshop in Bantry. And that's it. As I reckon Down These Green Streets will make clear, there is an enormous amount of good work being done in and around the genre, yet there doesn't seem to be much recognition of this by official literary circles.
I was actually at a crime fiction event in Cuirt a couple of years ago, Gene Kerrigan and Colin Bateman were reading, there was a good crowd, an excellent atmosphere but the idea seems to have bitten the dust since then. Just seems like a bit of a pity. And I might be wrong but the likes of McKinty, McGilloway, Bruen, French and the mercurial Sligoman himself Burke don't seem to be getting their props on home turf.

Fred Zackel said...

I read this novel, and I liked it and will read the next one. I enjoyed the main character a lot and loved the setting (the atmosphere, et.all.) The plot was a little creaky, but debut novels always have a lot on their mind. I already recommended it with pleasure to other readers in my family. A good book. Worth buying. Worth saving.