Irish author Kevin Barry congratulated for making Booker Prize longlist

Irish author Kevin Barry congratulated for making Booker Prize longlist
Author Kevin Barry.

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

Night Boat to Tangier centres around two ageing Cork gangsters who find themselves discussing past life experiences as they wait at a ferry terminal in southern Spain.

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

Born in Limerick and now living in Sligo, Mr Barry has won numerous awards for his work, including the 2013 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his first novel City of Bohane, and the Goldsmiths Prize for his second novel Beatlebone.

A total of 13 authors made up of eight women and five men are on this year’s Booker Prize longlist.

The shortlist of six will be announced in September and the overall winner, who will receive the prize of £50,000 (€56,0030), will be announced in October.

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Joseph Madigan today congratulated Mr Barry on his inclusion on Booker Prize longlist.

Minister Madigan said:

“I am delighted that a contemporary Irish author such as Kevin Barry has been included in the longlist for such a renowned award.

He has already made significant contributions to the world of literature, with his previous works, City of Bohane and Beatlebone, winning him the Rooney Prize and Goldsmith Prize.

"Such critical acclaim builds further on Ireland’s strong international reputation for literature and attracts significant readerships from around the world.

"Ireland's writers have always been hugely important ambassadors for our country.”

Admirers of Barry's work took to Twitter to congratulate the author following the news.

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