Longlisted for Man Booker Prize 2018
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From a Low and Quiet Sea

The Dublin Edition

By: Donal Ryan


Limited edition of  From a Low and Quiet Sea, the fifth publication by one of Ireland’s foremost literary talents.

Three men. Each searching for something he has lost. Each trying to make sense of the road he has chosen.

For Farouk, family is all. He has protected his wife and daughter as best he can from the ravages of war. If they stay in Syria, they lose their freedom; if they flee, they will abandon all they have known of home for some dream of salvation across the merciless sea.

Lampy is distracted. He has Eleanor, but she’s not Chloe, who stole his heart when she left him. There’s the secret his mother will never tell him. His granddad’s sniping jokes are getting him down. Aside from that, he has a bus to drive; those old folks from the home can’t wait all day.

For John, the game is what it’s always been about. Manipulating people for enjoyment, for spite — and just because he can. But it was never enough. The ghost of his beloved brother, and the bitter disappointment of his father, have shadowed his life. And now it’s cold — so very cold. Will God listen to his pleas for forgiveness?

Three men, their lives converging, searching for a version of home.

Praise for Donal Ryan, author of From a Low and Quiet Sea:

‘Ryan’s work has set a benchmark to which other writers will aspire.’John Boyne

‘[Donal Ryan] writes with a social accuracy that is devastating.’ Anne Enright

‘The novel, written at white heat in sentences that sometimes flow for a full paragraph, reads compulsively and is delivered with an impressively disciplined power.’The Irish Times on All We Shall Know (2016)


Donal Ryan was born in Nenagh in North Tipperary. His first novel, The Spinning Heart (2012), won the GuardianFirst Book Award and the EU Prize for Literature and Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It was also shortlisted for the IMPAC International Literary Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. The Thing About December (2013), Ryan’s 2015 short story collection A Slanting of the Sun (2015),  All We Shall Know (2016) and From a Low and Quiet Sea (2018) are all published by Lilliput and available in a limited Dublin Edition format, unique to The Lilliput Press. Donal Ryan is a professor of creative writing at the University of Limerick and lives in Limerick with his wife and children.



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Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 136 × 208 mm

Hardback, 192pp, 208 x 136mm

Publication Date

29 March 2018

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