Barnes, Miller, Obreht on IMPAC longlist

Barnes, Miller, Obreht on IMPAC longlist

Andrew Miller's Costa Prize-winning novel Pure and Julian Barnes' Man Booker-winner The Sense of An Ending are among the 154 titles longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013.

Eight novels by Irish authors are also on the list for the €100,000 prize, nominated by libraries worldwide. It is the world's most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.

Forty-two translated works are also on the longlist, alongside 22 British novels, 43 by Americans and 12 Canadian titles.

The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes was the most nominated book, receiving 15 nods; The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht also all receieved multiple nominations. The full longlist can be found on IMPAC's website.

Launching the longlist today, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Naoise Ó Muirí, patron of the award said: "This is the highest number of translated novels, first novels and novels by Irish authors to be nominated, since the IMPAC Dublin Award's inception in 1996.

"Like every year, you will find new books and new authors, particularly those novels in translation that you might otherwise never come across and you can pit yourself against the international panel of judges and pick your own favourite novel, before I announce the shortlist (9th April) and then the winner (6th June) next year."

The judges of 2013's prize have been named as Irish author Patrick McCabe; Algerian novelist Salim Bachi; Estonian translator, academic and publisher Krista Kaer; novelist Kamila Shamsie, from Pakistan and based in London, and Clive Sinclair, British author and academic. The non-voting chairperson is Eugene R Sullivan.