RTE Radio 1’s The Book on One will broadcast on Monday 21 March my new short story — The Rage of O’Malley — commissioned by The Singing Fly for its special edition, In the Wake of the Rising, in which 43 writers respond to the cultural legacy of 1916.

The Book on One airs at 11.10pm. You can buy In the Wake of the Rising here. The Rage of O’Malley is the opening short story in the collection.

Paul Lynch’s third novel GRACE will be published this year in North America on 11 July by Little, Brown; on 7 September in Ireland and the UK by Oneworld, and in April 2018 by Éditions Albin Michel in France.

GRACE, north American artwork GRACE, a sequel to RED SKY IN MORNING, is the epic story of a young girl and her brother on an Odyssean journey across 19th century Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine. In advance praise, Edna O’Brien called GRACE “a beautifully written novel with a haunting story and deep echoes of the Ancients”. Booker-nominated author Donal Ryan called GRACE “a mesmerizing, incandescent work of art. It’s all things together — a tragedy, an adventure, a romance, a coming-of-age, a searing exposition of historical truths; an interrogation of the nature of time and existence. Above all it’s a perfect story, an exhilarating, Odyssean, heart-pounding, glorious story, wrought by a novelist with the eye and the ear and the heart of an absolute master. Paul Lynch is peerless. Grace Coyle, daughter of Coll, will be one of the enduring heroines of world literature.” The book’s synopsis is as follows: Early one October morning, Grace Coyle’s mother snatches her from sleep and brutally cuts off her hair, declaring, “You are the strong one now.” With winter close at hand and Ireland already suffering, Grace is no longer safe at home. And so her mother outfits Grace in men’s clothing and casts her out. When her younger brother Colly follows after her, the two set off on a life-changing odyssey in the looming shadow of the Great Famine. To survive, Grace will become a boy, a bandit, a penitent and finally, a woman. A meditation on love, life and destiny, GRACE is an epic coming-of-age novel, and a poetic evocation of the Irish famine as it has never been written.

The Black Snow has been shortlisted for The 2016 Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award.

The 2016 Ireland Francophonie Ambassadors’ Literary Award shortlist is:

John BanvilleAncient Light, Éditions Robert Laffont, 2014, translated by Michèle Albaret-Maatsch

Sebastian BarryThe Temporary Gentleman, Éditions Joëlle Losfeld, 2014, translated by Florence Lévy-Paoloni

Mary CostelloAcademy Street, Éditions du Seuil, 2015, translated by Madeleine Nasalik

Eimear McBrideA Girl Is a Half-formed Thing, Buchet Chastel, 2015, translated by Georgina Tacou

Paul LynchBlack Snow, Albin Michel, 2015, translated by Marina Boraso

Hugo HamiltonEvery Single Minute, Éditions Phébus, 2015, translated by Bruno Boudard.