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Debut novel rejected 47 times makes Booker Prize longlist
“AN author whose book was rejected 47 times before it was finally published is among three Irish writers to make the longlist of the world’s most important literary prize, the Man Booker Prize.
“Donal Ryan’s debut novel, ‘The Spinning Heart’, completed more than two years ago, was plucked out of the slush pile by an intern working at Lilliput Press in Dublin who raved about it to the publisher, Anthony Farrell.
“It has catapulted Mr Ryan alongside fellow Irishmen Colum McCann and Colm Toibin on to the longlist of 13, the famous Booker baker’s dozen, for the award.”