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Just three Irish books in running for €100k prize

IT is the world's most valuable annual literary prize for fiction and it's based in Ireland – but only three Irish novels have shortlisted.

The authors nominated by libraries around the world for the International IMPAC Dublin literary award stand to earn €100,000. All of the books must be available in Dublin's libraries.



The three Irish titles in the running for the award are The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín and The Light of Amsterdam by David Park.

Dublin's Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, launched the award at a ceremony in The Dublin City Library and Archive yesterday.

Margaret Hayes, Dublin city librarian, said that the 152 books eligible for the 2014 award were nominated by libraries in 110 cities and 39 countries worldwide.

The shortlist will be made public on April 9, 2014, and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner in June next year.