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Heavy on the gothic, O’Donnell takes flight

Fiction; The Maker of Swans; By Paraic O’Donnell; Wiedenfeld & Nicolson, €17.50

3rd April, 2016
Paraic O’Donnel, inset: The Maker of Swans

The debut novel from Irish author Paraic O’Donnell is a Gothic extravaganza with all the trimmings: maps, mirrors, murder, hedge mazes, libraries and labyrinths, ghosts, towers, magic and secret histories.

It is an extremely impressive performance from a first-time novelist. O’Donnell – who has previously worked as a translator – brings to the Gothic mode a highly wrought literary sensibility and a sturdy technical proficiency that should make him the envy of more...

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