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He heard Daddy one time saying he was a grand quiet boy to Mother when he thought Johnsey couldn’t hear them talking. Mother must have been giving out about him being a gom and Daddy was defending him. He heard the fondness in Daddy’s voice. But you’d have fondness for an auld eejit of a crossbred pup that should have been drowned at birth.

While the Celtic Tiger rages, and greed becomes the norm, Johnsey Cunliffe desperately tries to hold on to the familiar, even as he loses those who all his life have protected him from a harsh world. Village bullies and scheming land-grabbers stand in his way, no matter where he turns. 

Set over the course of one year of Johnsey’s life, The Thing About December breathes with his grief, bewilderment, humour and agonising self-doubt. This is a heart-twisting tale of a lonely man struggling to make sense of a world moving faster than he is.

Donal Ryan’s award-winning debut, The Spinning Heart, garnered unprecedented acclaim, and The Thing About December confirms his status as one of the best writers of his generation.

©2013 Donal Ryan (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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something wrong with this recording.

this recording is skipping, can't listen to it, have downloaded it twice and same problem

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You can’t listen properly as it keeps skipping. Which is an awful pity as it’s a beautiful book.

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Excellent

I found this author through accident and will have to read/listen to more of his books. I think the fact that he read this added a lot Totally had me hooked

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Wow

What a beautiful insightful tender book. Highly recommended. The turn of phrase is delightful and I felt like I was present throughout. Fabulous!

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Donal Ryan is excellent!

Thoroughly enjoyed this story! Chapter 7 skips in the audible, rest of it thoroughly makes up for it.

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Wonderful book

Powerful story, brilliantly told and beautiful narration. Descriptive power left me breathless. Donal Ryan is a masterful writer and insightful story teller. Loved it.

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  • 27-03-21

Heart-breaking and funny

It was such a great pleasure to listen to Donal Ryan read his novel. His beautiful accent brought alive the language of Johnsey's world. An extraordinary rendering of a difficult life. Johnsey is a character that will stay with me for some time.

There should be a starred review for the quality of the recording. There is a lot of skipping in chapter 7.