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Tóibín makes Booker Prize shortlist

1 of 1 Tóibín - Shortlisted for his novel, The Testament of Mary
Tóibín - Shortlisted for his novel, The Testament of Mary

Irish author Colm Tóibín has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Testament of Mary, but there is disappointment for longlisted Irish writers Colum McCann (TransAtlantic) and Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart).

Tóibín is joined on the shortlist by five other authors: NoViolet Bulawayo (We Need New Names), Eleanor Catton (The Luminaries), Jim Crace (Harvest), Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland) and Ruth Ozeki (A Tale for the Time Being).

Tóibín was shortlisted twice in the past for the Man Booker Prize: for The Blackwater Lightship in 1999 and for The Master in 2004. The winner will be announced in London on October 15.

Chair of Judges Robert Macfarlane said: "Global in its reach, this exceptional shortlist demonstrates the vitality and range of the contemporary novel at its finest.

"These six superb works of fiction take us from gold-rush New Zealand to revolutionary Calcutta, from modern-day Japan to the Holy Land of the Gospels, and from Zimbabwe to the deep English countryside.

"World-spanning in their concerns, and ambitious in their techniques, they remind us of the possibilities and power of the novel as a form."

Congratulating Tóibín, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, said: "The shortlist is again eloquent in its testimony to the enduring strength and quality of Irish writing.

"Our writers continue to be pre-eminent globally in their field and universally popular. Indeed, in a changing world, quality Irish writing is a constant.

"I wish those on the shortlist every success in the final selection."

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