Irish writers miss Booker Prize shortlist

Irish writers miss Booker Prize shortlist

Sebastian Barry and Mike McCormack miss out on the chance to win the 2017 Man Booker Prize having failed to make the final shortlist of six.

The Irish authors had earned places on the longlist announced in July, but will not be in contention for the prestigious literary award which will be announced on 17 October.

Wicklow author Barry already won the Costa Book of the Year award in 2016 for ‘Days Without End’, while Galway- based McCormack’s ‘Solar Bones’ claimed the Goldsmiths Prize and was named Book of the Year 2016 at the Irish Book Awards. Solar Bones was well fancied to make the final six and is written in one 223-page single sentence about a Mayo council worker’s reflections on his life on All Souls’ Day in 2008.

Days Without End is set in the American wars of the 1850s and 1860s and focuses on the story of lovers Thomas McNulty and John Cole. The six authors shortlisted are Paul Auster (4 3 2 1), Emily Fridlund (History of Wolves), Mohsin Hamid (Exit West), Fiona Mozley (Elmet), George Saunders (Lincoln in the Bardo) and Ali Smith (Autumn).

Elmet was written by Mozley,29, on her phone during her daily commute in London. Until 2014, the prize was only open to writers from the U.K. and Commonwealth, Ireland and Zimbabwe. It has since been opened up to any author writing in English and published in the U.K.

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