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Impac Dublin Literary Award unveils 162-strong longlist

16th November 2010

The longlist for the Impac Dublin Literary Award 2011 has been confirmed - and includes more than 160 titles.

Hailed as the world's most valuable annual literary prize for works of fiction published in English, the award is unique in having its entries nominated by libraries.

This year, 162 nominations for the EUR 100,000 (GBP 84,850) prize have been made by libraries from 126 cities spread across 43 countries.

Four of the entries come from Irish authors - Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann, Colm Toibin's Brooklyn, Love and Summer by William Trevor and Peter Murphy's John the Revelator.

Announcing the longlist, Dublin city librarian Margaret Hayes said: 'In the year when Dublin was designated as a City of Literature by Unesco, it is wonderful that four Irish authors have been nominated for the EUR 100,000 award next year.'

International works in competition for the prize include Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, Barbara Kingsolver's The Lacuna, Rhyming Life and Death by Amos Oz and Siegfried Lenz's A Minute's Silence.

Last year, the honour was taken by Gerbrand Bakker's The Twin, which was selected from a 155-strong longlist.
 

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