Sunday 16 June 2019

Two Irish writers shortlisted for top literary prize worth €100,000

Eimear McBride
Eimear McBride
The Lesser Bohemians
Mike McCormack
Solar Bones

Rachel Dugan

Two Irish authors have been shortlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award - the world's most lucrative literary prize for a single novel published in English.

Books penned by Mayo writer Mike McCormack and Sligo-raised novelist Eimear McBride are among 10 titles in the running for the €100,000 prize. The shortlist, which includes six men and four women, was drawn from the 150 titles nominated by public libraries in 111 cities around the world.

McCormack was nominated for his novel 'Solar Bones'. The book, first published in 2016 by independent Irish publisher Tramp Press, won the prestigious Goldsmiths Prize and was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker.

Eimear McBride earned a place for her 2016 novel 'The Lesser Bohemians'.

Born in Liverpool but raised in the west of Ireland, MacBride's 2014 debut, 'A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing', has won a slew of awards, including the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Goldsmiths Prize.

The International Dublin Literary Award is open to novelists of any nationality.

Writers from Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Norway, France, Italy, America, Germany and South Africa make up the shortlist, which includes six books in translation.

If one of these titles wins, then the translator will receive €25,000 of the €100,000 cash prize.

Previous Irish winners include Kevin Barry's 'City of Bohane' (2013), 'Let the Great World Spin' by Colum McCann (2011), and Colm Tóibín's 'The Master' (2006).

The winner of the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award will be announced on June 13.

Irish Independent

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