W&N Literary Fiction HB / ETPB February £12.99 / £13.99 336pp 978 1 474 60036 1 / 978 1 474 60037 8 eBook: £12.99 / 978 1 474 60038 5 Audio: £18.99 / 978 1 4091 6119 6 / 10 hrs
‘Compulsive reading . . . rich, strange, beautiful’ – Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk
PARAIC O’DONNELL The Maker of Swans
The Night Circus meets The Tiger’s Wife in this magical and mysterious gothic debut. Can a girl with no voice answer the question: who are you? Clara lives in an old, rambling house with Mr Crowe, a man of prodigious and mysterious gifts. He was once the toast of society, famed and celebrated in salons across the world. But his talents have waned and he has sunk into a life of debauchery. She also lives with Eustace, who is apparently Crowe’s housekeeper, but whose true role is shrouded in mystery. Untethered by rules and schooling, Clara roams freely through the house and the grounds of the estate. She does not speak but communicates with her companions only by scribbled notes. Their life together is thrown into jeopardy when Mr Crowe commits an unforgiveable crime and attracts the attention of a secret society, whose interest is soon diverted from Mr Crowe to Clara, who may possess even greater gifts than her guardian. She must confront the question of who she is and what she may be capable of, if she is to save the people she loves. ‘A mesmerising book whose prose absolutely soars’ Sandra Newman, author of The Country of Ice Cream Star Paraic O’Donnell read English and French Literature at University College Dublin and holds an M.Phil. in Linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin. He lives in Wicklow, Ireland with his wife and two children. The Maker of Swans is his first novel.
W&N Fiction • February 2016
Location: Co. Wicklow, Ireland Available for interview paraicodonnell.com @paraicodonnell