Three Irish Authors on Man Booker Prize Longlist!

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Man Booker logoBooks by three Irish authors are among the thirteen on the Man Booker Prize 2013 longlist just announced (Tuesday, 23 July). They are: 'Transatlantic' by Colum McCann, 'The Spinning Heart' by Donal Ryan and 'The Testament of Mary' by Colm Tóibín.

This year's longlist, which has a very international feel to it, is as follows:

 

The Spinning HeartColm McCann won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2011 with his novel 'Let The Great World Spin'. Colm Tóibín, who has been shortlisted on a number of occasions for the Booker, won the Costa Novel Award in 2011 for his novel 'Brooklyn'. The Spinning Heart', Donal Ryan's debut novel, has received rave reviews (The Spectator, The Guardian, Writing.ie), and Ryan was named the Sunday Independent Best Irish Newcomer of the Year at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2012.

The shortlist will be announced on the 10th September, with the winner being announced on the 15th October. The 2012 winning novel was 'Bring Up the Bodies' by Hilary Mantel.

How International?

The Testament of Mary

Besides the three Irish authors on the longlist, there seems to be a representation on the longlist from all corners of the globe! Tash Aw is Malaysian, born in Taiwan to Malaysian parents and now lives in London; NoViolet Bulawayo is Zimbabwean; Eleanor Catton is a New Zealander born in Canada, Dad a New Zealander, and she lived in Yorkshire until her early teens; Jim Crace is British; Eve Harris is British with Israeli-Polish parents; Richard House is American; Jhumpa Lahiri is Indian American, born in London but parents moved to the USA when she was 2; Alison MacLeod is Canadian, now living in the UK;  Charlotte Mendelson is British; and finally Ruth Ozeki is Canadian American, with an American father and a Japanese mother.     

The Press on the Longlist

Three Irish authors on Booker longlist (Irish Times)

Man Booker Prize 2013: international authors dominate longlist (The Telegraph)

Man Booker longlist 'most diverse' in prize's history, say judges (The Guardian)

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