Wednesday 11 December 2019

'I think I might buy a lottery ticket' - Joseph O'Connor reacts to Costa nod

‘Delighted and honoured’: Novelist Joseph O’Connor. Photo: Getty
‘Delighted and honoured’: Novelist Joseph O’Connor. Photo: Getty

Allison Bray

Award-winning Irish author Joseph O'Connor has been shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award for his work 'Shadowplay'.

O'Connor told the Irish Independent: "I'm delighted and absolutely honoured for 'Shadowplay' to be shortlisted for such a major award. Last week, I had the joy of it winning the Eason Irish Novel Of The Year Award. And now the Costa shortlist.

"I think I might buy a lottery ticket this weekend."

Judges said the book, inspired by the life of Dracula creator Bram Stoker, was an "atmospheric novel" which offers an insight into the "minds of writers and actors".

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O'Connor's 'Star of the Sea' was a bestseller in 2002. Rivals for the £5,000 (€5,830) prize are 'Middle England' by Jonathan Coe; 'Confession with Blue Horses' by Sophie Hardach; and 'Starling Days' by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.

Meanwhile, a debut novel by "the poet laureate of Twitter" has been shortlisted in the First Novel category.

John Boyne is named with author Clare Mackintosh; writers Kate Clanchy, Bali Rai and Mahsuda Snaith; historian Prof Suzannah Lipscomb; and poet and songwriter Jade Cuttle.

Irish Independent

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