Creative Writing lecturer at the University of Limerick, Donal Ryan, has won the An Post Irish Book Award for Novel Of The Year for his novel Strange Flowers.
The novel is set in 1973 and follows Moll Gladney, who goes missing from the Tipperary hillside where she was born.
As her parents, Paddy and Kit, begin to accept that she’s gone forever, she returns, changed, and with many surprises for her family and neighbours.
Discussing the novel in The Irish Times, Ryan said “The village I base my fictional village on is the place I was born and reared, and a place I love: the people in it are for the most part composed of kindness and generosity.”
This marks Ryan’s fifth novel, with previous work From a Low and Quiet Sea receiving a long listing for the Man Booker prize in 2018.
It also marks the second occasion a University of Limerick lecturer has won the Irish Book Award.
Last year Professor Joseph O’ Conner won the award for his novel Shadowplay.
The An Post Irish Book Awards aims to celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible.