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Two Irish authors on Booker longlist

1 of 1 Williams is nominated for The History of the Rain
Williams is nominated for The History of the Rain

Two Irish writers, Niall Williams and Joseph O'Neill, have been longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize.

Williams from Dublin, who lives in Co Clare, is nominated for History of the Rain, while O'Neill, who was born in Cork and lives and writes in New York, is nominated for The Dog.

Thirteen authors appear on the longlist which was this year extended to include writers of any nationality writing in English and originally published in the UK.

Others on the list include former winner Howard Jacobson, Cork-based British author David Mitchell and David Nicholls. 

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday September 9 with the winner announced on Tuesday October 14.

The Longlist:
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, Joshua Ferris (Viking)
The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Richard Flanagan (Chatto & Windus)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent's Tail)
The Blazing World, Siri Hustvedt (Sceptre)
J, Howard Jacobson (Jonathan Cape) 
The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre)
The Lives of Others, Neel Mukherjee (Chatto & Windus)
Us, David Nicholls (Hodder & Stoughton)
The Dog, Joseph O'Neill (Fourth Estate)
Orfeo, Richard Powers (Atlantic Books)
How to be Both, Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
History of the Rain, Niall Williams (Bloomsbury) 

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