In the midst of Ireland’s Great Famine, a pregnant widow with four children dresses her 14-year-old daughter as a boy and casts her out to work. So begins Grace, the third novel of award–winning Irish author Paul Lynch. ABC RN’s Kate Evans sits down with the writer to learn more about what The Washington Post has described as “a picaresque that reads like a hybrid of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road”.

Supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Sydney and Culture Ireland.

Paul Lynch (International)

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Paul Lynch is the prize-winning Irish author of Grace, The Black Snow and Red Sky in Morning. ​He has won the French booksellers’ prize Prix Libr’à Nous for Best Foreign Novel and been a finalist for France’s best foreign book prize, the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. His Irish famine novel Grace was published in 2017 to international acclaim. It was a book of the year in Esquire, Kirkus, The Guardian, Sunday Independent and an Editors’ Choice in the New York Times Book Review. Lynch’s writing has been described by NPR’s Alan Cheuse as “somewhere between that of Nobel poet Seamus Heaney and Cormac McCarthy”.

Kate Evans (Australian)

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Kate Evans presents The Bookshelf on ABC RN with Cassie McCullagh, after years of interviewing writers for RN Books and Arts and Books Plus, as well as working across a whole slew of other RN programs. She regularly appears on stage in conversation with writers and artists. She has a PhD in history, cannot get through a day without reading fiction, and has a wildly idiosyncratic system of shelving and piling up books.