Saturday 21 April 2018

Irish author Louise O'Neill nominated for one of the 'world’s most lucrative literary awards'

Irish Author Louise O'Neill. Photo: David Conachy.
Irish Author Louise O'Neill. Photo: David Conachy.
John Banville

Sean O'Grady

Author Louise O’Neill has said it feels “particularly special” for her to be one of seven Irish writers long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award.

The Cork writer (31) has received recognition for Asking For It, about a young woman who suffers a sexual assault at the hands of the local football team.

The €100,000 prize is the world’s most lucrative literary award for a work of fiction published in English.

“It’s an incredible honour to be nominated,” said Louise.

“Many of those long-listed are authors whose work I’ve admired for years and, of course, to be one of only seven Irish writers on the list is hugely exciting.

“This award is particularly special to me as the nominations come through the library system and I cannot overstate how important I believe libraries are.

John Banville
John Banville

“The reaction from readers was instantaneous and overwhelming.

“I have had emails from survivors of sexual violence thanking me for writing this book, telling me that it helped them to endure, that it helped their family and friends understand what they were going through.

The other Irish authors up for the award are Anne Enright for The Green Road; Kevin Barry for Beatlebone; Edna O’Brien for The Little Red Chairs; Sara Baume for Spill Simmer Falter Wither; Nuala O’Connor for Miss Emily; and John Banville for The Blue Guitar.

All of the novels nominated for the award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public libraries.

The seven Irish books nominated are among 147 titles vying for the award.


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