Titles from Kate Atkinson, Paula Hawkins and Kazuo Ishiguro are among the 23 British novels longlisted for the €100,000 (£85,407.66) International Dublin Literary award 2017.
The longlist – which comprises 147 titles in total – has been nominated by libraries worldwide and is the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.
Atkinson's A God in Ruins (Black Swan), which won the Costa Novel of the Year 2015, received the most nominations for the prize this year. It was chosen by nine libraries in Australia, Canada, England, Greece, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and Spain. Hawkins’ record-breaking psychological thriller The Girl on the Train (Doubleday) is also in the running for the prize.
Ishiguro [pictured] has been longlisted for his fantasy novel The Buried Giant, alongside another Faber title, The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan, which was longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize.
Bloomsbury have the most British nominations with five: Sweet Caress by William Boyd, Man on Fire by Stephen Kelman, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, The Kindness by Polly Samson and Weathering by Lucy Wood.
Other novels nominated for the 2017 Award include The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Oneworld), winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize; The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Corsair), winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Hope Farm by Peggy Frew (Scribe), Salt Creek by Lucy Treleor and The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood (Europa Editions), all finalists for the 2016 Miles Franklin Award.
Seven novels by Irish authors are also in contention for the prize, including Edna O’Brien’s The Little Red Chairs (Faber), John Banville’s The Blue Guitar (Viking), Kevin Barry’s Beatlebone (Canongate), Anne Enright’s The Green Road (Vintage), Sara Baume’s Spill Simmer Falter Wither (Tramp Press/Windmill Books), Nuala O’Connor’s Miss Emily (Sandstone) and Louise O’Neill’s Asking For It (Quercus).
Nominations include 43 novels in translation with works by 42 American, 15 Canadian, 10 Australian, seven Irish, six New Zealander and four Dutch authors. The full longlist is available to view here.
Lord Mayor, Brendan Carr, patron of the award, said: “Like every year, readers will find new books and new authors through the award, and they can pit themselves against the international panel of judges and pick their own favourite novel, before I announce the winner on 21st June next year.”
The 2017 judging panel consists of critic, broadcaster and editor, Ellah Allfrey OBE; British translator, critic and essayist, Katy Derbyshire; Seamus Heaney professor of Irish writing and vice provost of Trinity College Dublin, Chris Morash; poet, novelist and writer, Kapka Kassabova; and writer, critic and translator, Jaume Subirana. The non-voting chairperson is Eugene R Sullivan.
The shortlist will be published on 11th April 2017 and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner on 21st June.
The award is solely sponsored by Dublin City Council after the trust fund established to back to prize ran dry in 2014.
The longlisted British titles are:
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Black Swan)
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume (Tramp Press/Windmill Books)
Sweet Caress by William Boyd (Bloomsbury)
The Mirror World of Melody Black by Gavin Extence (Hodder)
Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks (Vintage)
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Fig Tree)
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale (Tinder Press)
The Silent Room by Mari Hannah (Macmillan)
Dictator by Robert Harris (Arrow)
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday)
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (Faber)
Man on Fire by Stephen Kelman (Bloomsbury)
The Offering by Grace McCleen (Sceptre)
Slade House by David Mitchell (Sceptre)
Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss (Granta)
The Illuminations by Andrew O’Hagan (Faber)
The Lost Child by Caryl Phillips (Oneworld)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury)
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie (Vintage)
The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota (Picador)
The Kindness by Polly Samson (Bloomsbury)
The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson (Hogarth)
Weathering by Lucy Wood (Bloomsbury)