Two Irish Authors on 2017 Man Booker Longlist

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Barry McCormackCongrats to Sebastian Barry and Mike McCormack, who both make the 2017 Man Booker longlist. Of the thirteen authors longlisted, probably the most notable inclusion is Indian author Arundhati Roy who won the prize 20 years ago for her debut novel 'The God of Small Things', and who is now longlisted for her second only novel, 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness'.

Sebastian Barry's novel 'Days Without End' was announced the winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award back in January of this year. Mike McCormack's' Solar Bones' was awarded the Goldsmith Prize in November 2016; this award celebrates innovative fiction. 'Solar Bones' was also chosen as the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year in the same month. The last Irish winner was Anne Enright in 2007 for 'The Gathering'.

Colson Whitehead's novel, 'The Underground Railroad' won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Man Booker Prize longlist (with links to our catalogue):

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland)
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US)
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK)
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK)
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK)
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US)

The list was chosen from 144 submissions published in the UK between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK.

The shortlist of six books will be announced on September 13th, with the winner announcement on October 17th.

The 2016 winning title was 'The Sellout' by American author Paul Beatty.

In the Press:

Man Booker prize 2017: Irish authors Sebastian Barry and Mike McCormack on longlist (Irish Times)

Man Booker prize 2017 longlist led by Arundhati Roy's return to fiction (UK Guardian)

The 13 Writers Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize (The Atlantic)

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