Monday 23 October 2017

Author Enright named on longlist for Booker prize

Anne Enright
Anne Enright
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

Acclaimed Irish author Anne Enright is among the 13 novelists in the running for the Man Booker Prize.

The Dubliner made the longlist for the coveted prize for her acclaimed work 'The Green Road'. Spanning 30 years, the novel tells the story of the Madigan family. The action hinges on matriarch Rosaleen Madigan's decision to sell their familial home.

The esteemed author won the Booker in 2007 for 'The Gathering'. Enright, who worked in RTÉ television for many years before becoming a full-time writer, was named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction in January this year, for which she will receive a €100,000 bursary over three years.

The longlist, chosen by the judges from 156 books, also includes acclaimed US novelist Anne Tyler's 'A Spool Of Blue Thread'. This is the second year the prize has been open to writers of any nationality writing in English and published in the UK, having previously been restricted to the UK and Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe.

The other US novels on the list are Bill Clegg's 'Did You Ever Have A Family', Laila Lalami's 'The Moor's Account', Marilynne Robinson's 'Lila' and Hanya Yanagihara's 'A Little Life'.

Two British writers shortlisted in previous years, Tom McCarthy and Andrew O'Hagan, feature again while UK writer Sunjeev Sahota is nominated for 'The Year Of The Runaways'.

An epic 700-page retelling of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley is also among titles vying for the £50,000 prize.

Marlon James's 'A Brief History of Seven Killings', which includes large sections written in Jamaican patois, covers the attempted murder of the reggae superstar in 1976 and the rise of the drug trade on the island.

The Minneapolis-based writer is the first Jamaican-born novelist to be nominated.

Michael Wood, who is chairing this year's judging panel, said: "We had a great time choosing this list. Discussions weren't always peaceful, but they were always very friendly. We were lucky in our companions and the submissions were extraordinary.

The shortlist of six will be announced on September 15.

Irish Independent

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