Shortlist 2015 – International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

1 Irish author, 3 novels in translation on the shortlist

Wednesday 15th April 2015: 10 novels have been shortlisted for the 20th International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, managed by Dublin City Libraries. The list includes TransAtlantic by Irish author and former winner, Colum McCann, three novels in translation from Brazil, France and Morocco and novels from Australia, Nigeria, the UK and the USA.
The IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is worth €100,000 to the winner and is the world’s most valuable annual literary award for a single work of fiction published in English. The award was launched on 7th April 1995, making this year our 20th anniversary.
The shortlisted titles are:

  1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigerian) Published by Fourth Estate and by Alfred A. Knopf.
  2. Horses of God by Mahi Binebine (Moroccan) Translated from French by Lulu Norman. Published by Tin House Books.
  3. Harvest by Jim Crace (British) Published by Picador and by Alfred A. Knopf.
  4. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Australian) Published by Vintage Australia.
  5. Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Australian) First Novel. Published by Little, Brown & Company and by Picador Australia.
  6. K by Bernardo Kucinski (Brazilian) Translated from Portuguese by Sue Branford. Published by Latin American Bureau.
  7. Brief Loves That Live Forever by Andreï Makine (French, Russian-born) Translated from French by Geoffrey Strachan. Published by MacLehose Press.
  8. TransAtlantic by Colum McCann (Irish) Published by Bloomsbury Publishing, Random House Inc. and HarperCollins Canada.
  9. Someone by Alice McDermott (American) Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
  10. Sparta by Roxana Robinson (American) Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

“The titles on this year’s shortlist were nominated by public libraries in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the USA”, said Lord Mayor Christy Burke, Patron of the Award. “This is a list of high quality literature with three novels in translation which might not otherwise be brought to the attention of readers. I am delighted to see a Dubliner’s name included on the list - Colum McCann.”

“The 20th winner will be chosen from this intriguing international shortlist which includes four women writers. The novels come from Africa, America, Australia, Brazil, France, Ireland and the UK” said Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, “While many of the stories reflect contemporary themes, they bring us characters facing timeless challenges of love and loss, of innocence and isolation. These engaging stories are set against contrasting landscapes which include Brooklyn, Iceland and Lagos."

One of the shortlisted authors is a previous winner. Colum McCann won the prize in 2011 for his novel Let the Great World Spin.

The five member international judging panel, chaired by Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan, will select one winner which will be announced by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Patron of the Award, Christy Burke, on the morning of Wednesday 17th June.
The Lord Mayor reminded Dubliners that they can borrow the shortlisted novels from Dublin City Public Libraries. “Readers have plenty of time to pick their own favourite between now and 17th June, when I announce the winner”, he said.


The International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. An initiative of Dublin City Council, which now retains full ownership, the award aims to promote excellence in world literature and is managed by Dublin City Public Libraries.

It is open to novels written in any language and by authors of any nationality. Nominations are submitted by library systems in major cities throughout the world. Founded in April 1995, the award is now in its 20th year.

All the nominated novels can be viewed on

Recent previous winners of the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award include:

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (2014), City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (2013), Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor (2012), Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (2011), The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker (2010), Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas (2009), De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage (2008), and Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson (2007)

Profiles of the 2015 Judging Panel and complete list of previous winners below.

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The Judges:

Valentine Cunningham is a literary historian and critic. He is Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow in English Literature at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He reviews widely on literary topics and broadcasts frequently on BBC radio on both literary and musicology topics. He has lectured around the world and has been Visiting Professor of Literature in the USA, Canada, Australia and Germany. He has judged many literary prizes, including the Man Booker Prize (1992 and 1998) and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. He has published many books on Victorian and twentieth century poetry, prose, culture, politics and theory. His latest volumes are Victorian Poetry Now: Poets, Poems, Poetics (2011) and The Connell Guide to King Lear (2012).

Christine Dwyer Hickey, born in Dublin, is a novelist and short story writer. She is the author of eight books including The Lives of Women which will be published in May 2015. Her novel The Cold Eye of Heaven won the Irish Novel of the Year 2012. Last Train from Liguria was shortlisted for the Prix L’Européen de Littérature and her novel Tatty was chosen as one of the 50 Irish Books of the Decade as well as being nominated for the Orange Prize. Her first novel The Dancer was shortlisted for Irish Novel of the Year in 1995. Her first play Snow Angels was staged at the Project Theatre in Dublin in March 2014 and played to full houses and critical acclaim. Christine is a member of Aosdána.

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator with some forty books to his name. His work has won him the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award. Forthcoming books include the new Oxford Companion to Children's Literature and translations of novels from Angola, Guatemala and Brazil. He is currently chair of the Society of Authors, and on the board of a number of organisations which deal with literature and free speech.

Kate Pullinger is a novelist and digital writer who grew up in British Columbia, Canada. Her 2009 novel The Mistress of Nothing won Canada’s Governor General’s Award for Fiction and it was long listed for both the Giller Prize and the IMPAC DUBLIN Award. Her new novel, Landing Gear was published in 2014. She has been at the forefront of literary digital innovation for more than a decade; her on-going web project Inanimate Alice and her 2014 digital war memorial Letter to an Unknown Soldier have gathered readers and writers around the world. She is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University.

Jordi Soler was born in 1963 in La Portuguesa, a community of Catalan exiles located in the jungle of Veracruz, Mexico. He currently lives in Barcelona and is a regular contributor to several newspapers and magazines in Spain and Mexico. Soler has published books of poems, story collections, and ten novels translated into several languages. Los rojos de ultramar (2004), La última hora del último día (2007) and La fiesta del oso (2009) are a trilogy of novels that the author devoted to his family who were forced to emigrate to Mexico during the Spanish Civil War. The trilogy was published in a single volume entitled La guerra perdida, and was awarded with the Prix Littéraire des Jeunes Européens (2012).

Hon. Eugene R. Sullivan, non-voting chair of the judging panel, is a former Chief Judge of a US Court of Appeals and brings a wealth of experience from sixteen years on the bench. His first novel, The Majority Rules, was published in 2005. His second novel of his political thriller trilogy, The Report to the Judiciary, was published in 2008. When not recalled to the Federal Bench, Judge Sullivan is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Pepper Hamilton, LLP

Previous winners

  • 2014: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian) translated from Spanish by Anne McLean
  • 2013: City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (Irish)
  • 2012: Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor (British)
  • 2011: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Irish)
  • 2010: The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch), translated from Dutch by David Colmer
  • 2009: Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas (American)
  • 2008: De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage (Lebanese / Canadian)
  • 2007: Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson (Norwegian), translated from Norwegian by Anne Born
  • 2006: The Master by Colm Toibín (Irish)
  • 2005: The Known World by Edward P. Jones (American)
  • 2004: This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun (Moroccan) translated from French by Linda Coverdale
  • 2003: My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (Turkish) translated from Turkish by Erdag M. Göknar
  • 2002: Atomised by Michel Houellebecq (French), translated from French by Frank Wynne
  • 2001: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod (Canadian)
  • 2000: Wide Open by Nicola Barker (English)
  • 1999: Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller (English)
  • 1998: The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller (Romanian), translated from German by Michael Hofmann
  • 1997: A Heart So White by Javier Marías (Spanish), translated from Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa
  • 1996: Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (Australian)

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For further information:
Dublin City Council Press Office 087 7400277 Email:
Literary Award Office, Dublin City Libraries 01 6744802/1 Email: