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Belfast author David Park is in mix for €100,000 literary prize

By Ed Carty

A former school teacher from Northern Ireland is on a 10-strong shortlist for the world's most lucrative literary prize.

The Light Of Amsterdam by David Park, from Belfast, has been nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award.

Managed by Dublin City Libraries, the winner will take home €100,000 (£82,384).

The Light Of Amsterdam opens at the funeral of George Best and develops into a biblical story of cheating before wrapping up at a disappointing Bob Dylan concert in the Dutch capital.

Also on the shortlist is The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, who wrote in his spare time while in an Irish government job in Limerick.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin Henry Upton, who announced the shortlist in the city, said: "I am delighted to see Donal Ryan and David Park on the list.

"This is a real tribute from the judges to the quality of contemporary Irish writing."

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