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Thirteen may be considered unlucky for some, but not to the thirteen on the Man Booker Prize longlist which includes three Irish authors this year. Donal Ryan’s "From a Low and Quiet Sea" is his second nomination for the prize after "Spinning Heart" in 2013. Anna Burns and Sally Rooney both receive their first nominations for "Milkman" and "Normal People" respectively. Belfast born Anna Burns was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, now the Women's Prize for Fiction, in 2001 for her debut; "No Bones". Sally Rooney, at 27, is the joint youngest author to be nominated this year. She can add that to an already impressive resume that includes being the 2017 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. Upon ditching the requirement of the author to be either from the U.K. or the Commonwealth two years ago, the two most recent winners of the prestigious accolade have both been from the U.S. Ireland can hold its head high to have the same number of nominations as the U.S. this year. There is only one previous winner nominated this year, Michael Ondaatje, whose book "The English Patient" was crowned the best Man Booker Prize winner of the last 50 years. This year he is nominated for his captivating novel "Warlight", set in post Blitz London in 1945. In a departure for the prize, this year sees a graphic novel, "Sabrina" by Nick Drnaso, nominated for the first time. Judges are quoted as being blown away by Drnaso's "oblique, subtle and minimal" style in a work that explores the chilling effect of 24-hour news after a girl has disappeared.Farouk's country has been torn apart by war. Lampy's heart has been laid waste by Chloe. John's past torments him as he nears his end. From a Low and Quiet Sea centres around the refugee, the dreamer and the penitent. From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, three men, scarred by all they have loved and lost, are searching for some version of home. Each is drawn towards a powerful reckoning, one that will bring them together in the most unexpected of ways.In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with the Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. "Milkman" is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.Connell and Marianne both grow up in the same town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. But they both get places to study at university in Dublin, and a connection that has grown between them despite the social tangle of school lasts long into the following years. Sally Rooney's second novel is a deeply political novel, just as it's also a novel about love. It's about how difficult it is to speak to what you feel and how difficult it is to change. It's wry and seductive; perceptive and bold. Normal People will make you cry and you will know yourself through it.As a nation that has the most Nobel Laureates per capita in the world, Ireland has always punched far above her weight in the literary world. Donal Ryan, Anna Burns and Sally Rooney continue the hallowed Irish tradition of captivating their readers with their touching and unflinchingly human stories. We wish them the very best of luck and hopefully one of them will be the fifth Irish Man Booker Prize winner.The Man Booker Prize Longlist:Snap, Belinda BauerMilkman, Anna BurnsSabrina, Nick DrnasoWashington Black, Esi EdugyanIn Our Mad and Furious City, Guy GunaratneEverything Under, Daisy JohnsonThe Mars Room, Rachel KushnerThe Water Cure, Sophie MackintoshWarlight, Michael OndaatjeThe Overstory, Richard PowersThe Long Take, Robin RobertsonNormal People, Sally RooneyFrom a Low and Quiet Sea, Donal RyanPress on the Man Booker:Three Irish Authors nominated for Man Booker Prize 2018 (Irish Times)First Graphic Novel nominated for Man Booker Prize 2018 (The Guardian)About the Man Booker:The Man Booker Prize is one of the world's most famous literary prizes for contemporary fiction. From 2014 eligibility for The Man Booker Prize was extended to include novels originally written in English and published in the UK, regardless of the nationality of their author. Previously it was only awarded to the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.
The Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year is... The Doll's House!
The Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year is... 'The Doll's House' by Louise Phillips!The winning books in each category of the Irish Book Awards were announced tonight.This Dublin-based psychological thriller, published in August 2013, is the second novel from Phillips. It features criminal psychologist Kate Pearson and DI O’Connor.Louise Phillips' debut novel, 'Red Ribbons', was shortlisted for the 2012 Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award.Book SummaryWhen the body of popular talk show host Keith Jenkins is discovered in the icy waters of the canal during the early hours of a chilly Dublin morning, everyone wants to know why. With media attention gaining momentum by the hour, the list of potential suspects is enormous. Is the killer a crazed fan? An angry participant from Jenkins' TV show 'Real People, Real Lives'? Or a completely random vicious attack? DI O'Connor and a new squad of detectives from Harcourt Street team up with criminal psychologist Dr Kate Pearson to profile the killer, in an attempt to narrow down the search.What others thought..."a gripping, suspenseful story peopled with well-drawn characters" (Irish Independent, 10 August 2013)"every bit as good as her debut, 'Red Ribbons'." Writing.ie"I will definitely be seeking out Phillips’ first novel Red Ribbons on the strength of this one, and am delighted to have discovered a new and highly readable author." Raven Crime ReadsThe ShortlistThe Doll's House was selected from a shortlist of six, made up of the following:The Twelfth Department by William RyanThe Convictions Of John Delahunt by Andrew HughesThe Doll’s House by Louise PhillipsInquest by Paul CarsonThe Stranger You Know by Jane Casey Irregulars by Kevin McCarthyIf you haven't done so already, time to get reading!
Latest Crime Writers' Association Shortlists Announced!
Today the Crime Writers’ Association announced the shortlists for the remaining three CWA 2013 Daggers. Great to see Stuart Neville make the shortlist for the steel dagger (thriller) with Ratlines, which explores the lives of Nazis who were harboured in Ireland. Doug Johnstone a book critic for the Independent.co.uk newspaper described Ratlines as a "seriously impressive piece of crime fiction, that lingers long in the memory".The shortlisted authors are:For the CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger:Belinda Bauer for Rubbernecker (Bantam/Transworld)Lauren Beukes for The Shining Girls (HarperCollins)Mick Herron for Dead Lions (Soho Crime) (not yet in stock, sorry!)Becky Masterman for Rage Against the Dying (Orion) (not yet in stock, sorry!)For the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger:Roger Hobbs for Ghostman (Transworld)Stuart Neville for Ratlines (Random House)Mark Oldfield for The Sentinel (Head of Zeus)Robert Wilson for Capital Punishment (Orion)For the CWA John Creasey Dagger:Hanna Jameson for Something You Are (Head of Zeus) (not yet in stock, sorry!)Malcolm Mackay for The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter (Mantle)Derek B Miller for Norwegian by Night (Faber and Faber)Thomas Mogford for Shadow of the Rock (Bloomsbury)The winners will be announced on 24th October.See my previous post of the CWA Awards from July and learn more about the different Award categories.
Last night saw the winners announced in a number of categories in the annual CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Dagger Awards, PLUS the longlists announced in the remaining categories. The announcement that excited me most was that of the International Dagger winner, or rather winners! Yes, in a rather unusual step, the judges saw fit to share the Award between two French writers, Pierre Lemaitre for Alex, and Fred Vargas for The Ghost Riders of Ordebec. Personally I couldn't be more pleased, I have long been a fan of Fred Vargas, loving this her latest as much as any of her previous, and being equally pleased having read the first book in translation by Pierre Lemaitre. Lemaitre is a real find and I can't wait for the next in the Verhoerven series to be translated - or maybe it is just the incentive I need to brush up on my french? You can read what I had to say about both titles in a recent post of mine here on the blog.Like I say in my blog post, going by the result from last night, I think it fair to say that the Nordic countries have not after all got it all to themselves in the realm of crime fiction!Other category winners were:-- Ellis Peters Historical Dagger: The Scent of Death by Andrew Taylor (copies on order)- Diamond Dagger: Lee Child- Non-Fiction Dagger: Midnight in Peking by Paul French- Dagger in the Library: Belinda Bauer- Short Story Dagger: Come Away with Me by Stella Duffy- Debut Dagger: Finn Clarke her story Call TimeThe longlists for the CWA Gold, Steel, and John Creasey Daggers were also announced, with twenty authors in contention for these prizes, and three of them have been longlisted in more than one category. Of particular interest might be that Northern Irish author Stuart Neville is on the Steel longlist for his novel Ratlines. Last year Gene Kerrigan won the Gold Dagger for his novel The Rage.The winners of these three remaining categories will be announced in the Autumn.The CWA Daggers ExplainedThe CWA (Crime Writers' Associations) Dagger Awards were started in 1955 and nine Daggers are awarded annually, though this figure can vary.Diamond Dagger: Celebrates an author with an outstanding body of work in crime fiction.Gold Dagger: Given for the best crime novel of the year.Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: Given for best thriller of the year.John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger: Given for first books by previously unpublished writers.International Dagger: Given for best translated crime novel of the year.Dagger in the Library: Given to a "living author who has given the most pleasure to readers". Shortlist is drawn up from submissions by libraries across the UK, and the final decision is made by a panel of librarians.Debut Dagger: Given for a novel not yet published commercially.