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International Dublin Literary Award 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award 2019 has been announced.

The 10 shortlisted titles are:

  • Compass (Mathias Énard, trans by Charlotte Mandell, Fitzcarraldo Editions)
  • History of Wolves (Emily Fridlund, W&N)
  • Exit West (Mohsin Hamid, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Midwinter Break (Bernard MacLaverty, Vintage)
  • Reservoir 13 (Jon McGregor, Fourth Estate)
  • Conversations with Friends (Sally Rooney, Faber)
  • Idaho (Emily Ruskovich, Vintage)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders, Bloomsbury)
  • A Boy in Winter (Rachel Seiffert, Virago)
  • Home Fire (Kamila Shamsie, Bloomsbury).

The award, worth €100,000 (A$157,790), is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English, nominated by library systems in major cities around the world. First established in 1994, the award is now wholly funded by Dublin City Council.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring said: ‘The egalitarian way in which books are longlisted, through public libraries worldwide, is to be commended in a world where sales figures can dominate the literary conversation so often. The beauty of this award is that it reaches out to readers and authors worldwide, while also celebrating excellence in contemporary Irish literature.’

Several Australian and New Zealand authors were longlisted for the 2019 award, and British-Australian author Evie Wyld is among the judges this year.

Irish writer Mike McCormack’s Solar Bones (Canongate) won the 2018 award.

The winner will be announced on 12 June. For more information, see the website.



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