Irish writer on shortlist for top UK book prize
Dublin writer Paul Murray has made the shortlist for the 2010 Costa Novel Award, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Britain.
Mr Murray has been nominated for his Booker-shortlisted second novel 'Skippy Dies', a tragic comedy about a couple of boys in a Dublin boarding school. The book has won huge praise from the critics here and in the UK.
"It's about teenage boys in contemporary Ireland so it's a way for me to paint a picture of the country at the moment, both good and bad," said Mr Murray.
The Costa Awards recognise the "most enjoyable books of the year", and are a more populist version of the Booker Prize.