The Beauty of Impossible Things

Rachel Donohue

‘Poetic, atmospheric’ Daily Mail ___________________________Foresight is not always a gift…The summer Natasha Rothwell turns fifteen, strange dancing lights appear in the sky above her small town, lights that she interprets as portents of doom.Natasha leads a sheltered life with her beautiful, bohemian mother in a crumbling house by the sea. As news of the lights spreads, more and more visitors arrive in the town, creating a feverish atmosphere of anticipation and dread. And the arrival of a new lodger, the handsome Mr Bowen, threatens to upset the delicate equilibrium between mother and dau …


Ruth Gilligan wins the 2021 RSL Ondaatji Prize for The Butchers

11 May 2021

The Royal Society of Literature (RSL) has announced Ruth Gilligan as the winner of the 2021 RSL Ondaatje Prize for The Butchers, a literary thriller set in the Irish borderlands during the 1996 BSE crisis. An annual prize of £10,000, the RSL Ondaatje Prize is awarded to an outstanding work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that best evokes the spirit of a place. Ruth Gilligan said: ‘I am just elated – and still totally shocked – to have won the 2021 RSL Ondaatje Prize. I am a sucker for books with a strong sense of place, so I have long been a huge fan of the prize, but after a year of isolati …