Three Irish authors make the Man Booker longlist
The longlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday evening, with great news for the three Irish authors whose books are included as part of the 13 strong list.
The authors of the 13 chosen novels also includes entrants from Canada, the United States, and the UK.
Amongst the Irish nominees are Sally Rooney, who at only 29 has been nominated for her moving and unflinching study of young love, ‘Normal People’, Anna Burns, the Belfast born, London-based novelist who was nominated for her gripping and experimental story ‘Milkman’, about a young girl growing up in the 1970’s during the height of The Troubles, and ‘From a Low and Quiet Sea’ Donal Ryan’s majestic and timely tale of immigration, identity and belonging.
Chair of the 2018 judges, Kwame Anthony Appiah, says:
“All of these books – which take in slavery, ecology, missing persons, inner-city violence, young love, prisons, trauma, race – capture something about a world on the brink. Among their many remarkable qualities is a willingness to take risks with form. And we were struck, overall, by their disruptive power: these novels disrupted the way we thought about things we knew about, and made us think about things we didn’t know about. Still, despite what they have in common, every one of these books is wildly distinctive.”
The shortlist of six books will be announced on September 20th, and the overall winner will be revealed on October 16th.