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Impac literary award shortlist named

12th April 2010


The shortlist for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award has been unveiled, with works by three British authors featured among the eight nominations.

Zoe Heller's The Believers, In Zodiac Light by Robert Edric and Ross Raisin's God's Own Country are the UK books competing for the 100,000 euro (GBP 87,600) prize.

In addition, three of the shortlisted titles have been translated into English from their original language - The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, Christoph Hein's Settlement and The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker.

Netherland by Joseph O'Neill and Marilynne Robinson's Home are the remaining novels on the shortlist, with the winner to be named on June 17th by Dublin's lord mayor Emer Costello, the award's patron.

Judges for the prize include children's writer Anne Fine, Russian author Anatoly Kudryavitsky, Djibouti-born novelist Abdourahman Waberi, South African writer Zoe Wicomb and Eve Patten, senior lecturer in English literature at Trinity College, Dublin.

Last year, Michael Thomas won the Impac literary award for his Man Gone Down, with the judges praising the author's 'enthralling voice and startling insight'.

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