Tipperary-born author Donal Ryan has won the European Union Prize for Literature for his debut novel, The Spinning Heart.

He was shortlisted for Ireland alongside Mary Costello and Deirdre Sullivan, and he joins winners from Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden and will attend the winners’ ceremony in Brussels on June 23.

The Spinning Heart won the Guardian First Book Award and was Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2013. His second novel, The Thing About December is published by Doubleday Ireland and Lilliput Press.

Read Harry Guerin's review of The Spinning Heart here