Long-list: 10 Irish novels up for most lucrative literary award in the world
No fewer than 10 Irish novels have appeared on the long-list for the prestigious 2019 International Dublin Literary Award - with €100,000 in prize money for the winner.
There are 141 books vying for the world's most lucrative literary honour and all were nominated by libraries in 115 cities across the world.
Flying the flag for Ireland are: 'Mrs Osmond' by John Banville; 'A Line Made by Walking' by Sara Baume; 'The Heart's Invisible Furies' by John Boyne; 'Acts of Allegiance' by Peter Cunningham; 'Smile' by Roddy Doyle; 'The Blood Miracles' by Lisa McInerney; 'Midwinter Break' by Bernard MacLaverty; 'Ithaca' by Alan McMonagle; 'The Dead House' by Billy O'Callaghan; and 'Conversations With Friends' by Sally Rooney.
The short-list will be announced on April 4 next, with the winner revealed on June 12 by the Lord Mayor of Dublin.
Galway-based author Mike McCormack scooped the 2018 award in June for his exploration of rural Ireland in the 21st century, in his book 'Solar Bones'.