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After a fallow year two women put Irish writing back in the frame with longlist for Booker

Meadhbh McGrath


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Writer Audrey Magee's novel The Colony is on the Booker Prize longlist. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Writer Audrey Magee's novel The Colony is on the Booker Prize longlist. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Writer Claire Keegan's book Small Things Like These is on the Booker Prize longlist. Photo: Philippe Matsas/Opale

Writer Claire Keegan's book Small Things Like These is on the Booker Prize longlist. Photo: Philippe Matsas/Opale

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Writer Audrey Magee's novel The Colony is on the Booker Prize longlist. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Irish authors are back in the running for the world’s most prestigious literary award after a fallow year. The Booker Prize longlist includes Claire Keegan’s Small Things Like These – at 116 pages, the shortest book recognised in the award’s history – and The Colony by Audrey Magee.

The £50,000 (€59,000) prize is open to works by writers of any nationality, written in English and published in the UK or Ireland. This year’s longlist of 13 nominees was chosen from a selection of 169 novels.


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