Belated congratulations to the three Irish authors, and of course the other ten, who were announced on Tuesday as having made it to the longlist for the Man Booker Prize, whittled down from the 151 (phew!) nominees.
Of great interest is the inclusion on the longlist of The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan reviewed on this blog last year http://dublinduchess.blogspot.ie/2012/11/the-spinning-heart-by-donal-ryan.html .Already the recipient of the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year in the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards last November, it was Ryan's debut novel published by the excellent independent publishers Lilliput Press after, as we were reminded in yesterday's Irish Times, he had been rejected no less than 47 times.
The other two Irish novels are TransAtlantic by Colum McCann and The Testament of Mary by Com Tóibin. Good luck to all three of them.
All in all it is a great list this year and as the Man Booker site highlights, seven countries are represented, established authors with debut and just Jim Crace and Colm Tóibin having appeared on the shortlist before. The other ten novels are:
The winner will not be announced until 15th October giving plenty of time to read those on the longlist that tickle your fancy, with the final shortlist on the 10th September. Interesting articles about each of the books and authors are on the Man Booker site www.themanbookerprize.com .