Jim Crace’s Harvest (Picador) has won the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Crace was announced as the winner of the €100,000 prize, awarded for a single novel published in English, today (17th June) at Mansion House in Dublin.
The IMPAC receives its nominations from public libraries in cities around the globe and recognises both writers and translators.
Crace said: “It has been an overwhelming surprise and a delight to discover that my latest book has won the IMPAC Dublin award. Harvest proved to be a generous novel in the writing. Readers and critics were more than generous in their responses. And now, thanks to the further generosity of a whole wide-world network of book-loving strangers, Harvest has struck lucky again – it will be included in the distinguished and 20-year-long list of fiction honoured by this truly international and discriminating award. No writer could hope for more than that.”
Margaret Hayes, Dublin City librarian, said: “Harvest is a story that explores some of our greatest fears, those of change and difference. “Jim Crace, our 20th winner, joins a unique creative collective whose stories will continue to cast a spell over readers for many years to come.”
Kate Harvey, editorial director at Picador said: “It’s thrilling to see Jim Crace’s Harvest honoured by a prize with the international reach and history of the IMPAC. Jim’s imagination is a rich place and he shares it with such passion and skill, particularly in this his 10th novel, which has an intensity of feeling that readers have found irresistible. Jim is a storyteller in the most consummate sense: we follow him wherever he wants to take us, and return with our own world that bit larger, too. We’re incredibly proud to publish him.”
Harvest, which was chosen from a total of 142 titles nominated by libraries in 114 cities in 39 countries, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2013.
Crace’s book was picked from a shortlist of 10 novels as the winner of the IMPAC Dublin. Crace is the fourth British author to win the prize in its 20-year history.
This year’s award was judged by literary historian and critic Valentine Cunningham; novelist and short story writer Christine Dwyer Hickey; writer, editor, translator and chair of the UK’s Society of Authors Daniel Hahn; novelist Kate Pullinger; writer Jordi Soler; and Eugene R Sullivan, a former chief judge of a US Court of Appeals, who was the non-voting chair of the panel.
The judges said: “At times, Harvest reads like a long prose poem; it plays on the ear like a river of words. But then again, Jim Crace is a consummate wordsmith; his understanding of human nature is uncanny and he never drops a stitch from start to finish. All human life is here: its graces and disgraces and there is life too in every small stone, flower and blade of grass. A powerful and compelling novel, Harvest is a worthy winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.”
The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is currently searching for a new sponsor after the trust fund established to back the prize ran dry last year.