Tuesday 27 September 2016

Irish novelist Anne Enright in contention for prestigious Man Booker Prize

David Kearns

Published 29/07/2015 | 13:44

Irish novelist Anne Enright
Irish novelist Anne Enright

Irish novelist Anne Enright has been included in the longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize, one of the literary world's most prestigious awards.

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Her novel ‘The Green Road’ is among 13 others in the running for the €63,000 (£50,000) grand prize.

The book, set in County Clare, traces 25 years in the life of an Irish family beginning in 1980 and the dramatic changes that take place as the story moves to 2005.

Ms Enright won the prize in 2007 with ‘The Gathering’, another Irish family saga which won the author much acclaim internationally.

Other Irish authors who had been tipped for selection included Colm Toibín for Nora Webster and Paul Murray for The Mark and The Void.

Marlon James’s ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ and acclaimed US novelist Anne Tyler’s ‘A Spool Of Blue Thread’ are also on the list. 

The shortlist will be announced September 15 and the winner will be announced the following month.

The other Longlisted novels are:

  • Bill Clegg (US) - Did You Ever Have a Family
  • Marlon James (Jamaica) A Brief History of Seven Killings
  • Laila Lalami (US) The Moor's Account
  • Tom McCarthy (UK) Satin Island
  • Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) The Fishermen
  • Andrew O’Hagan (UK) The Illuminations
  • Marilynne Robinson (US) Lila
  • Anuradha Roy (India) Sleeping on Jupiter
  • Sunjeev Sahota (UK) The Year of the Runaways
  • Anna Smaill (New Zealand) The Chimes
  • Anne Tyler (US) A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Hanya Yanagihara (US) A Little Life

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