25 British novels on the 2016 longlist


British Books

25 British novels are among 160 titles that have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. Nominations include 53 novels in translation with works by 44 American, 10 Canadian, 10 Australian, 7 Irish, 6 German and 3 South African authors.

Organised by Dublin City Council, the 2016 Award was launched today [9th November] by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, Patron of the Award, who commented “the Award, now in its 21st year, has made a fantastic contribution to the literary life of Dublin and brings significant benefits to the City. It is right that, as the Award is now entirely a City initiative, sponsored by the City Council, it should be called the International DUBLIN Literary Award”.

There have been four British winners of the award to date. Andrew Miller was awarded the prize in 1999 for his novel Ingenious Pain, Nicola Barker in 2000 for Wide Open, Jon McGregor in 2012 for Even the Dogs and Jim Crace in 2015 for Harvest.

Libraries in Birmingham, Liverpool, London and Newcastle were among the libraries in 44 countries worldwide who nominated books for the 2016 award.

The British titles include:

The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Children Act by Ian Mc Evan
How to be both by Ali Smith
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

(full list of British titles below)

British novelist, critic and academic, Ian Samson is on the 2016 judging panel along with Irish writer, Carlo Gébler; Iglika Vassileva, Bulgarian translator; Australian novelist, Meaghan Delahunt and Mexican writer Juan Pablo Villalobos. The non-voting Chairperson is Eugene R. Sullivan (USA).

The International DUBLIN Literary Award (formerly known as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award) is managed by Dublin City Council’s library service. Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian, announced that the 160 books eligible for the 2016 award were nominated by libraries in 118 cities and 44 countries worldwide; noting that 53 are titles in translation, spanning 19 languages and 49 are first novels.

Speaking of the global interest in the Award, the City Librarian remarked “reading groups worldwide each year anticipate the longlist and later the shortlist with excitement and interest. This anticipation will reach fever pitch when The Lord Mayor announces the twenty-first winner on 9th June 2016. From previous experience we know that the 21st winning title will be top of the library readers list for 2016 at home and abroad bringing readers together in an unparalleled international book club”.

Other novels nominated for the 2016 Award include A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize; All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King, winner of the 2014 Governor General’s Award for Fiction.

Among the 53 translated authors are German author Jenny Erpenbeck, winner of the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, Javier Cercas (Spanish), Helle Helle (Danish), and Haruki Murakami (Japanese). For the second time, translated titles comprise one third of the longlist – 33%.

Two previous winners have also been nominated, 2006 winner Colm Tóibín and 2007 winner Per Petterson.

The book that received most nominations this year is Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See, chosen by 14 libraries in Canada, Germany, Greece, Ireland, The Netherlands and the USA.

The shortlist will be published on 12th April 2016 and the Lord Mayor will announce the winner on 9th June.

British titles on the 2016 longlist:

The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis
The Incarnations by Susan Barker
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Ghost Moon by Ron Butlin
Outline by Rachel Cusk (born Canada)
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Little Egypt by Lesley Glaister
The Amber Fury by Natalie Haynes
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
Last Bus to Coffeeville by J. Paul Henderson
Fallout by Sadie Jones
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
The Bone Clocks by  David Mitchell
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Us by David Nicholls
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
The Bees by Laline Paull
In the Light of What We Know byZia Haider Rahman
Notes from Underground by Roger Scruton
How to be both by Ali Smith
Completion by Tim Walker
The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle by Kirsty Wark
Their Lips Talk of Mischief by Alan Warner
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters