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Susan Ryan completed the Maeve Binchy writers’ course in 2003 and it set the course for her writing career. She not only learned invaluable tips from Ireland’s beloved storytelling legend but also met like-minded budding writers as well as Paula Campbell from Poolbeg Press who would offer her a three-book deal over a decade later. Her first novel, The King of Lavender Square has been optioned by Brooklyn based Hollis Meminger who is known for his work on Salt, Maid in Manhattan and the Darren Star production Younger. In the meantime, if you like gutsy, life-affirming stories with characters that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page…then turn this page

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A beautifully written, life-affirming page turner. I adored it.

- Sue Leonard -
The Examiner

A brilliant debut from a wonderful new writer.

- Cathy Kelly -
International bestselling novelist and author of ‘Secrets of a Happy Marriage’

I dare you not to be completely enraptured by this compelling and enchanting tale. A charming, captivating and truly magical novel.

- Mairead Hearne -
Award winning book review blogger

Susan Ryan’s prose contains an inimitable elegance, with a level of care that shows great reverence for the craft. The King of Lavender Square is a deeply compassionate story of an urban family that was crying out to be told – a triumph of a debut.

- Sophie Grenham -
The Gloss

A beautifully crafted, many layered story that makes you think about those who live around you. This felt like a modern epic tale and one I would urge book lovers to delve into.

- Áine Toner -
Editor Woman’s Way

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Susan's Latest Book

Sometimes all it takes is a little magic to bring people together. And in Lavender Square, where the lavender grows in mysterious abundance and colours the air with a musky sense of love, magic is never very far away.

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A festival of words with a huge heart By Susan Ryan

Last  week I took part in the inaugural Donaghmede Literary Festival and it was...

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Am writing… By Susan Ryan

I asked Joseph O’Connor once at a reading why he wrote. He is self deprecating,...

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Irish Embassy Washington DC By Susan Ryan

Washington DC has always been a place close to my heart. It is a beautiful...

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Interview with Ryan By Susan Ryan

For many years Susan struggled with a fear of public speaking but knew it...

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