about paul lynch

Paul Lynch is the internationally-acclaimed, prize-winning author of four novels: BEYOND THE SEA, GRACE, THE BLACK SNOW and RED SKY IN MORNING.

His debut novel RED SKY IN MORNING was published to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2013. It was a finalist for France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize) and was nominated for the Prix du Premier Roman (First Novel Prize). In the US, it was an Amazon.com Book of the Month and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, where Lynch was hailed as “a lapidary young master”. It was a book of the year in The Irish Times, The Toronto Star, the Irish Independent and the Sunday Business Post.

THE BLACK SNOW (2014) was an Amazon.com Book of the Month. In France it won the French booksellers’ prize Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel and the inaugural Prix des Lecteurs Privat. It was nominated for the Prix Femina and the Prix du Roman Fnac (Fnac Novel Prize). It was hailed as “masterful” by The Sunday Times, “fierce and stunning” by The Toronto Star and featured on NPR’s All Things Considered where Alan Cheuse said that Lynch’s writing was found “somewhere between that of Nobel poet Seamus Heaney and Cormac McCarthy”.

GRACE was published in 2017 to massive international acclaim. The Washington Post called the book, “a moving work of lyrical and at times hallucinatory beauty… that reads like a hybrid of John Steinbeck’s ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road'”. It won the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize. In France it was shortlisted for the Prix Jean Monnet for European Literature, among other prizes. It was a book of the year in the Guardian, the Irish Independent, Kirkus and Esquire, a Staff Pick at The Paris Review and an Editors’ Choice in the New York Times Book Review.

BEYOND THE SEA was published in September 2019 to wide critical acclaim in the UK, Ireland, Australia and the US and will be published in the France (2021). The Wall Street Journal called the book "mesmerising"; The Guardian called the book “frightening but beautiful”, while The Sunday Times said it had “echoes of Melville, Dostoyevsky and William Golding”. It was chosen as a book of the year in the Irish Independent by Sebastian Barry who called the book "masterly". 

Paul Lynch was born in Limerick in 1977, grew up in Co Donegal, and lives in Dublin with his wife and two children. He was previously the chief film critic of Ireland’s Sunday Tribune newspaper from 2007 to 2011, and wrote regularly for The Sunday Times on film. He is a full-time novelist.

Prizes & nominations

2020: Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award: Winner

2019: Prix Jean Monnet for European Literature: Shortlisted

2019: Prix Littérature Monde: Shortlisted

2019: Grand Prix de L’Héroïne: Shortlisted

2018: Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year: Winner

2018: The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction: Shortlisted

2018: The William Saroyan Prize for International Writing: Shortlisted

2016: Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel: Winner

2016: Prix des Lecteurs Privat: Winner

2016: Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award: Shortlisted

2015: Prix Femina: Longlisted

2015: Prix du Roman Fnac: Longlisted

2014: Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book Prize): Shortlisted

2014: Prix du Premier Roman (First Novel Prize): Longlisted

2013: Bord Gais Irish Books of the Year: Shortlisted

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