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The Eight Irish Novels Longlisted For The 2020 Dublin Literary Award

The grand prize is €100,000.

Eight Irish novels feature among the 156 works of fiction on the longlist for the International Dublin Literary Award.

The nominations for the award – considered the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for English fiction – were announced by Dublin City Council this morning. 

Books eligible for the 2020 award were nominated by libraries across 119 cities and 40 countries worldwide.

Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke, the two latest winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature, were among those listed.

Tokarczuk, who also won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize for her novel Flight, is nominated for Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, while Handke has been put forward for The Great Fall.

The Irish titles nominated for the 2020 Award are:  

  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  • Milkman by Anna Burns
  • The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly
  • Begotten Not Made by Cónal Creedon
  • Orchid and the Wasp by Caoilinn Hughes
  • Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
  • Travelling in a Strange Land by David Park
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney

The book that received most nominations for 2020 is There There by Tommy Orange and the second-most nominated book is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan.

The overall winner will receive €100,000 in total. 

Nominations include 50 novels in translation spanning 21 languages, ranging from Arabic to Catalan to Icelandic – with works nominated by libraries from 119 cities and 40 countries.

All the novels nominated for the award are available for readers to borrow from Dublin’s public libraries.

The award is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service.

“This great prize affirms Dublin’s commitment to international writers and translators, to literature and creativity," Mairead Owens, Dublin City Librarian, said.

"Through this award, Dublin, a Unesco City of Literature, brings the worldwide community of readers together to read the works of contemporary writers from all corners of the world.”

The shortlist will be published on 2 April 2020, and the Lord Mayor of Dublin will announce the winner on 10 June 2020. 

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