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Seven Irish novels on International Dublin Literary Award longlist

Published 09/11/2015

Colm Toibin is nominated for his novel Nora Webster
Colm Toibin is nominated for his novel Nora Webster

Seven Irish novels have made it on to the longlist for the world's richest literary prize.

They are among 160 titles nominated by libraries around the world for the 100,000 euro International Dublin Literary Award, which includes past winner Colm Toibin, in the running this year for his novel Nora Webster.

The other Irish books are The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry; Academy Street by Mary Costello; The Undertaking by Audrey Magee ; Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent; The Thrill of it All by Joseph O'Connor; and The Diary of Mary Travers by Eibhear Walshe.

The winner will be announced in Dublin on June 9 next year.

Margaret Hayes, Dublin city librarian, spoke of the interest the award sparks around the world.

"Reading groups worldwide each year anticipate the longlist and later the shortlist with excitement and interest," she said.

"From previous experience we know that the 21st winning title will be top of the library readers list for 2016 at home and abroad bringing readers together in an unparalleled international book club."

The nominations were unveiled in Dublin by the Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh in her role as patron of the award.

The most popular book in the longlist is Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See, which was chosen by 14 libraries in Canada, Germany, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands and the USA.

The nominations, from libraries in 118 cities and 44 countries, include 53 novels in translation with works by 44 American, 25 British, 10 Canadian, 10 Australian, six German and three South African authors.

Other novels in the running include A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize; All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King, winner of the 2014 Governor General's Award for Fiction.

The only other previous winner in the list is Norwegian Per Petterson for his book Out Stealing Horses.

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