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Win all TEN shortlisted books of the 2012 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award!!!

To celebrate the 2012 winner announcement on June 13 we are giving away 10 full sets of the shortlisted titles.

Kingdom of Heaven

The Cold Eye of Heaven by Christine Dwyer HickeyChristine Dwyer Hickey has won the Kerry Group Novel of the Year for Cold Eye of Heaven. Hickey's novel triumphed over a strong shortlist featuring Belinda McKeon, Anne Enright, Carlo Gebler and Kevin Barry. 

Cold Eye of Heaven is the warm and poignant tale of Farley, an old man living in Dublin, looking back over his life. It is an intimate story of one man and his hometown as they grow up through the 20th century. "This is Dwyer Hickey's most achieved, taut and nuanced novel to date." Irish Independent review.

CWA International Dagger Shortlist Announced

CWAThe shortlist for the 2012 CWA (Crime Writers' Association) International Dagger has just been announced. This is an annual competition for crime, thriller, suspense or spy fiction novels which have been translated into English. The six shortlisted titles are:

The Testament of Jessie Lamb Wins Science Fiction Award

The Testament of Jessie LambBritish novelist Jane Rogers has won the UK's top science fiction prize, the Arthur C Clarke Award, for her novel 'The Testament of Jessie Lamb'. Rogers has been a prize winner before, but this is her first venture into science fiction. The book was also on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize last year.

'The Testament of Jessie Lamb' is the story of a 16-year old girl who wants to save humanity after an act of biological terrorism releases a deadly virus which only affects pregnant women. It would seem that the book is  somewhat of a surprise but popular winner.

Enright on Orange Prize Shortlist

The Forgotten WaltzYesterday saw the shortlist announcement for the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK's annual book award for fiction written by a woman. In its 17th year, the Prize 'celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women's writing throughout the world' (quote).

Included on the shortlist is 'The Forgotten Waltz', the story of an adulterous affair and the fifth novel by Irish writer Anne Enright. Enright, who has been nominated three times for the Orange award, won the Man Booker Prize in 2007 for her novel 'The Gathering'.

Other books on the shortlist include 'Half Blood Blues' by Canadian writer Esi Edugyan, 'Painter of Silence' by Britain's Georgina Harding, and three works by American authors - 'The Song of Achilles' by Madeline Miller, 'Foreign Bodies' by Cynthia Ozick and 'State of Wonder' by Ann Patchett.

Can YOU predict the winner?


THE 2012 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award Shortlist was announced today. The judging panel have dutifully selected interesting and diversely themed novels.

Out of the ten shortlisted titles briefly outlined here, can YOU predict the winner? 

Let us know who you think will win by posting a comment on this blog post.

Literary Award Shortlist Announced!


Award Shortlist10 novels have been shortlisted for the 2012 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. The list includes two novels in translation and two first-time novels, but no Irish author is represented.

Some of the shortlisted novels have already received awards e.g. 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2011 and 'The Memory of Love' received the 2011 Commonwealth Writers Prize.

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The short listed titles, announced by The Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Andrew Montague, Patron of the Award, are:

Eoin Colfer shortlisted for LA Times Literary Award

PluggedEoin Colfer shortlisted for LA Times Literary Award!! Why the exclamation marks you may ask? Well, Eoin, so well known as the author of the famous and best selling (and borrowed!) Artemis Fowl fantasy series of books for younger readers has been nominated in the adult mystery/thriller category!

Eoin's comedy crime caper 'Plugged', his first adult crime novel, was first published in May 2011 to positive reviews. It is the story of an Irish ex-army man Dan working as a bouncer in a seedy club in New Jersey, half in love with hostess Connie. When Connie is murdered on the premises, a vengeful Dan finds himself embroiled in an increasingly deadly sequence of events in which his doctor friend Zeb goes mysteriously missing and a cop-killing female cop becomes his only ally.

Andrew Miller's 'Pure' wins Costa Overall Prize!

Pure by Andrew MillerAndrew Miller, who won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 1999 with his first novel, Ingenious Pain, was yesterday announced as the overall winner of the Costa Award for his sixth novel, 'Pure'. 'Pure' is set in late 18th-century Paris and follows the story of a young engineer, Jean-Baptiste Baratte, charged with demolishing Paris's oldest cemetery and removing the corpses.

Right: Winning title, Pure, by Andrew Miller (click to view larger image)

Apparently it was a "bitterly fought two-way tussle" between 'Pure' and 'Now All Roads Lead to France', by Matthew Hollis, and generated a fierce debate between the judges!

Costa Award Winners!

Costa Book Awards logoAndrew Miller, who won the International Impac Dublin Literary Award in 1999, was yesterday announced as the winner of the Costa (fiction) Award for his sixth novel, 'Pure', beating off the challenge of Booker prize winner 'The Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes in the process.