Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"The Thing About December"

Still very busy in the studio with back-to-back titles. But wanted to give you a sample of Donal Ryan's latest book "The Thing About December" which will launch in the US at the end of this month. 
You might remember that Donal was long-listed for the Booker Prize for his debut novel "The Spinning Heart" which I had the privilege to narrate last year. 

Have a listen and I hope you enjoy it! 

"He heard Daddy one time saying he was a grand quiet boy to Mother when he thought Johnsey couldn't hear them talking. Mother must have been giving out about him being a gom and Daddy was defending him. He heard the fondness in Daddy's voice. But you'd have fondness for an auld eejit of a crossbred pup that should have been drowned at birth.'

While the Celtic Tiger rages, and greed becomes the norm, Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way, no matter where he turns.

Set over the course of one year of Johnsey's life, The Thing About December breathes with his grief, bewilderment, humour and agonizing self-doubt. This is a heart-twisting tale of a lonely man struggling to make sense of a world moving faster than he is.

Donal Ryan's award-winning debut, The Spinning Heart, garnered unprecedented acclaim, and The Thing About December confirms his status as one of the best writers of his generation."

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Audiobook Update

It's been a very busy couple of weeks in the studio and no sign of things easing off for at least another month, so forgive me for not blogging as often as I used to. 

The good news is that I have just finished Book 1 of Christopher Bunn's awesome fantasy Tormay Trilogy called 'The Hawk & His Boy', which has been wonderful to narrate. The storyline is fantastic. 

Also just completed is another instalment in The Sorcerer's Ring titles from Morgan Rice. This latest book is called 'A Cry Of Honor' and is Book 4 in the series. 

Next up is Book 2 of 'The Ian Fleming Files' from Damian Stevenson. The latest story from the life of the James Bond author is called 'Operation Parsifal' and if the reviews of 'Operation Armada' are anything to go by, you will really enjoy this next book in the series. 

Crime writer Scott Hunter is up immediately after that with his incredibly well-written novel 'Black December' from the DCI Morgan series.

Then, we have Irish Book Award winner Donal Ryan's follow-up novel 'The Thing About December' which I know you have all been waiting for. The publisher has delayed its launch in the US until 11th August so unfortunately you will have to wait until then to get your hands on it. 

The end of the long production run will be with two historical romance novels "Captain Of My Heart" and "Wicked At Heart" from New York Times and US Today bestselling author Danelle Harmon.