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Irish novelist Anne Enright could make history as she gets Man Booker nod


Irish author Anne Enright is in the running to win her second Man Booker Prize.

Enright has been long-listed for this year’s prestigious award for her acclaimed novel The Green Road.

She is the only Irish entry to make the 13-strong list for the €70,700 prize.

Spanning over several decades, her novel tells the story of the Madigan family with the action hinging on matriarch Rosaleen Madigan’s decision to sell the family home.

Ms Enright, who used to work as a producer in RTE, won the prize in 2007 with The Gathering – which is also based on a family saga, set in the UK and Ireland.

The longlist, chosen by the judges from 156 books, also includes US novelist Anne Tyler’s A Spool Of Blue Thread.

Satin Island by UK writer Tom McCarthy and New Zealand author Anna Smaill’s The Chimes also received nominations.

The shortlist for the award will be announced on September 15 with the winner announced on October 15.

The Dublin woman is the last Irish winner of the

accolade and will be the first Irish author to win the Man Booker prize twice if this year’s bid is successful.

Enright was named the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction in January of this year, for which she will

receive a €100,000 bursary over three years.


Iconic Dublin novelist Roddy Doyle won the award for his work Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha back in 1993.

Irish writers John Banville, JG Farrell and Iris Murdoch are also previous winners.

While Anne was the only Irish talent to make this year’s long list, Colm Toibin had also been tipped to be in contention for his work Nora Webster, as was Paul Murray for The Mark and The Void.