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Irish author Colm Tóibín on Man Booker Prize short-list

Denise Calnan

Published 10/09/2013|10:51

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Colm Toibin's 'The Testament of Mary' has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Writer Colm Tóibín is the only Irish author on this year's Man Booker Prize shortlist, it has been announced.

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Irish works The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín, TransAtlantic by Colum McCann and debut author Donal Ryan’s The Spinning Heart all featured on this year's Man Booker Prize long list of thirteen books.

"Nearly time for the short-list, here some book art while we wait for the judges," the Man Booker Prize tweeted before the big announcement just after 10:30 this morning.

They revealed the short-list on social media network Twitter through a six-second Vine video.

The Testament of Mary is a short novel by Irish writer Colm Tóibín.

The book was published on last November by Scribner's.

Despite Donal Ryan's The Spinning Heart being rejected 47 times for publication, the Tipperary man was on this year's Man Booker short-list.

Ryan was 16 in 1993, the year that Roddy Doyle won the Booker Prize for Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.

"I heard him on the radio," Ryan told the Irish Independent recently, "and I thought, 'Some day I will win the Booker Prize'."

Short-listed novel TransAtlantic, by Colum McCann, has been described as “beautifully hypnotic” and “profoundly moving”.

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deeniha, has extended his congratulations to the Irish writer.

“The shortlist is again eloquent in its testimony to the enduring strength and quality of Irish writing. Our writers continue to be pre-eminent globally in their field and universally popular," he said.

"Indeed, in a changing world, quality Irish writing is a constant. I wish those on the shortlist every success in the final selection.”


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