Irish author Kevin Barry has been longlisted for the Booker Prize for his book Night Boat to Tangier.

Night Boat to Tangier features two fading Irish gangsters who discuss their past lives and loves while they wait for a boat, and a missing daughter, in Tangier.

The Booker judges described it as a "rogue gem of a novel" and "a work of crime fiction not quite like any other".

Barry, who was born in Limerick and now lives in Sligo, has won numerous awards for his work, including the Dublin International Literary Award, the Rooney Prize and the Goldsmith’s Prize.

Speaking to RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Barry said making the Booker Prize long list was "great news" and it will give the book "a lovely little push over the Summer".

He described Night Boat to Tangier as "a rumination on life and death with everything in between", adding it was a book with criminals in it, rather than a crime book.

Barry said that he was continuing with his next book, a collection of short stories, which is due to be published at the start of 2021. 

In all, 13 authors, eight women and five men, are on this year’s Booker Prize longlist, which is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.

The list includes former winners Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie.

The shortlist will be announced in September and the winner in October. The prestigious prize is worth £50,000.

Last year's winner, Milkman by Belfast writer Anna Burns, went on to sell more than a half a million copies and has been translated into nearly 40 languages.

This year's longlisted books are:

Margaret Atwood (Canada) The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)

Kevin Barry (Ireland) Night Boat to Tangier (Canongate Books) 

Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria) My Sister, The Serial Killer (Atlantic Books) 

Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK) Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press) 

Bernardine Evaristo (UK) Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)

John Lanchester (UK) The Wall (Faber & Faber) 

Deborah Levy (UK) The Man Who Saw Everything (Hamish Hamilton)

Valeria Luiselli (Mexico/Italy) Lost Children Archive (4th Estate) 

Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)

Max Porter (UK) Lanny (Faber & Faber)

Salman Rushdie (UK/India) Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)

Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey) 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)

Jeanette Winterson (UK) Frankissstein (Jonathan Cape)