The Maker of Swans: 'A deeply pleasurable gothic fantasy'

Author:   Paraic O'Donnell
Publisher:   Orion Publishing Co
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Pages:   336
Publication Date:   12 January 2017
Format:   Paperback
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Author:   Paraic O'Donnell
Publisher:   Orion Publishing Co
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Dimensions:   Width: 15.90cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.237kg
ISBN:  

9781474601030


ISBN 10:   1474601030
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   12 January 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Sonorous, beautifully made . . . disquieting and unfathomable * THE SPECTATOR * The Maker of Swans combines through-the-looking-glass enchantment with Nabokovian dexterity, and is also a sly and insightful commentary on the powers and weakness of artists. O'Donnell has written a mesmerizing book whose prose absolutely soars * Sandra Newman, author of THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR * Exquisite * Liz Nugent, author of UNRAVELLING OLIVER * Dazzlingly inventive, compelling * Jane Casey * I devoured this book and it kept me guessing right to the very end . . . Line by line, Paraic's writing contains some of the most beautifully turned phrasing I've read in a long while * Laura Barnett, author of THE VERSIONS OF US * Compulsive reading . . . rich, strange, beautiful * Helen Macdonald, author of H IS FOR HAWK * An oddly beautiful tale of magic and art, this reminded me of Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * Editor's Choice, The Bookseller * A peculiar and beautiful tale of art and magic * STYLIST.CO.UK * A fabulously assured, elegant Gothic-flavoured tale * WOMAN AND HOME * Strange and beautiful - one of Stylist's Essential Reads for 2016 * STYLIST * Wonderfully dark, magical * ELLE * A powerful thriller * VOGUE * O'Donnell's eloquent descriptions and old-world characters make it a charming, lyrical read even when tension is high. I admired the depth of O'Donnell's imagination, which allowed him to conjure uo this enthralling tale . . . A literary feast * STYLIST * this book is like the swans Clara makes in her dreams, though it may assume a familiar shape, it remains very much its own thing, strange and new and captivating. * THE INDEPENDENT * Poetic and strange, this Gothic novel is a dark, elegant celebration of the power and beauty of words and the spells they weave. * SUNDAY EXPRESS * at its best, the prose in O'Donnell's first novel is glorious, combining an ear for deep cadences of language with a phenomenal acuity of vision. * THE GUARDIAN * it would not be surprising if the public clamours for a second instalment of this vividly imagined and deeply pleasurable gothic fantasy - not to mention a film. * FINANCIAL TIMES * This debut comes highly praised by Costa prize-winner Helen Macdonald . . . it is O'Donnell's arresting descriptions of the natural world that are likely to live longest in the mind * DAILY MAIL *


This debut comes highly praised by Costa prize-winner Helen Macdonald ... it is O'Donnell's arresting descriptions of the natural world that are likely to live longest in the mind DAILY MAIL it would not be surprising if the public clamours for a second instalment of this vividly imagined and deeply pleasurable gothic fantasy - not to mention a film. FINANCIAL TIMES at its best, the prose in O'Donnell's first novel is glorious, combining an ear for deep cadences of language with a phenomenal acuity of vision. THE GUARDIAN Poetic and strange, this Gothic novel is a dark, elegant celebration of the power and beauty of words and the spells they weave. SUNDAY EXPRESS this book is like the swans Clara makes in her dreams, though it may assume a familiar shape, it remains very much its own thing, strange and new and captivating. THE INDEPENDENT O'Donnell's eloquent descriptions and old-world characters make it a charming, lyrical read even when tension is high. I admired the depth of O'Donnell's imagination, which allowed him to conjure uo this enthralling tale ... A literary feast STYLIST A powerful thriller VOGUE Wonderfully dark, magical ELLE Strange and beautiful - one of Stylist's Essential Reads for 2016 STYLIST A fabulously assured, elegant Gothic-flavoured tale WOMAN AND HOME A peculiar and beautiful tale of art and magic STYLIST.CO.UK An oddly beautiful tale of magic and art, this reminded me of Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes -- Cathy Rentzenbrink Editor's Choice, The Bookseller Compulsive reading ... rich, strange, beautiful Helen Macdonald, author of H IS FOR HAWK I devoured this book and it kept me guessing right to the very end ... Line by line, Paraic's writing contains some of the most beautifully turned phrasing I've read in a long while Laura Barnett, author of THE VERSIONS OF US Dazzlingly inventive, compelling Jane Casey Exquisite Liz Nugent, author of UNRAVELLING OLIVER The Maker of Swans combines through-the-looking-glass enchantment with Nabokovian dexterity, and is also a sly and insightful commentary on the powers and weakness of artists. O'Donnell has written a mesmerizing book whose prose absolutely soars Sandra Newman, author of THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR Sonorous, beautifully made ... disquieting and unfathomable THE SPECTATOR


this debut comes highly praised by Costa prize-winner Helen Macdonald. it is O'Donnell's arresting descriptions of the natural world that are likely to live longest in the mind. DAILY MAIL it would not be surprising if the public clamours for a second instalment of this vividly imagined and deeply pleasurable gothic fantasy - not to mention a film. FINANCIAL TIMES at its best, the prose in O'Donnell's first novel is glorious, combining an ear for deep cadences of language with a phenomenal acuity of vision. THE GUARDIAN Poetic and strange, this Gothic novel is a dark, elegant celebration of the power and beauty of words and the spells they weave. SUNDAY EXPRESS this book is like the swans Clara makes in her dreams, though it may assume a familiar shape, it remains very much its own thing, strange and new and captivating. THE INDEPENDENT a literary feast. The only disappointment? My imagination is nowhere near that of O'Donnell's STYLIST A powerful thriller VOGUE Has that wonderfully dark, magical feel to it ELLE Strange and beautiful - one of Stylist's Essential Reads for 2016 STYLIST A fabulously assured, elegant- Gothic-flavoured tale WOMAN AND HOME A peculiar and beautiful tale of art and magic STYLIST.CO.UK An oddly beautiful tale of magic and art, this reminded me of Alain-Fournier's Le Grand Meaulnes -- Cathy Rentzenbrink Editor's Choice, The Bookseller Compulsive reading ... rich, strange, beautiful Helen Macdonald, author of H IS FOR HAWK I devoured this book and it kept me guessing right to the very end ... Line by line, Paraic's writing contains some of the most beautifully turned phrasing I've read in a long while Laura Barnett, author of THE VERSIONS OF US Dazzlingly inventive, compelling Jane Casey Exquisite Liz Nugent, author of UNRAVELLING OLIVER The Maker of Swans combines through-the-looking-glass enchantment with Nabokovian dexterity, and is also a sly and insightful commentary on the powers and weakness of artists. O'Donnell has written a mesmerizing book whose prose absolutely soars Sandra Newman, author of THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR


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Paraic O'Donnell is a writer of fiction, poetry and criticism. His 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 Gais Energy Irish Book Awards in the Newcomer of the Year category. He lives in Wicklow, Ireland with his wife and two children. http://paraicodonnell.com | @paraicodonnell

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