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March 27, 2019


#Dublin Literary Award 2019

by N@ncy


Dublin Literary Award 2019

  1. This is one of the most prestigious
  2. …international literary awards.
  3. Books by Irish authors are my top priority as well as
  4. Australian and New Zealand writers.
  5. You can see a complete long list
  6. at Lisa’s website ANZ LitLovers
  7. Nominations include 39 novels in translation with
  8. …works by authors from 41 countries.
  9. Shortlist will be announced 4 April 2019 – UPDATE!
  10. Award will be announced 12 June 2019.
  11. I want to read as many books on these lists…as I can:
  12. …Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Dutch, Belgian writers.


Irish books nominated:

  1. Midwinter Break –  Bernard MacLavertyREAD   SHORTLIST
  2. The Heart’s Invisible Furies  –  John Boyne (personal favorite writer!)
  3. Conversations With Friends  –  Sally Rooney  SHORTLIST (I will give SR another chance!)
  4. Mrs Osmond  – John Banville
  5. A Line Made by Walking  –  Sara Baume
  6. SmileRoddy Doyle (personal favorite writer!)
  7. The Blood Miracles – Lisa McInerney
  8. The Dead House – Billy O’Callaghan
  9. Ithaca – Alan McMonagle
  10. Acts of Allegiance – Peter Cunningham

Australian and New Zealand books nominated:

  1. The New Animals – Pip Adam (New Zealand)
  2. A Long Way From Home – Peter Carey (Australia)
  3. Marlborough Man – Alan Carter (New Zealand)
  4. Terra Nullius – Claire G. Coleman (Indigenous Australian)
  5. The Life to Come – Michelle de Kretser (Australia)
  6. Her – Garry Disher (Australia)
  7. Decline and Fall on Savage Street – Fiona Farrell (New Zealand)*
  8. First Person – Richard Flanagan (Australia)*
  9. Sleeps Standing Moetu – Witi Ihimaera,  (Maori, New Zealand)
  10. Baby – Annaleese Jochems (New Zealand)
  11. The Choke – Sofie Laguna (Australia)
  12. Incredible Floridas – Stephen Orr (Born in New Zealand, Australian resident)
  13. Through the Lonesome Dark – Paddy Richardson (New Zealand)
  14. The Fish Girl – Miranda Riwoe (Australia)
  15. See What I Have Done – Sarah Schmidt (Australia)
  16. Taboo – Kim Scott (Indigenous Australian)READING SHORTLIST? ( ..tip from Brona)*
  17. The Necessary Angel – C.K. Stead (New Zealand)
  18. And Fire Came Down – Emma Viskic (Australia)
  19. Clear to the Horizon – Dave Warner (Australia)*

UPDATE: 04.04.2019

Dutch/Belgian longlist….that I will read:

  1. Monte Carlo – Peter Terrin (Belgian) READ (… review soon)
  2. The Consequences – Nina Weijers (Dutch)READ ( soon)
  3. TenchInge Schilperoord (Dutch)…about paedophile...not reading it!




  • Reservoir 13 J. McGregorREAD
  • Home Fire by Kamila ShamsieREAD
  • Conversations With Friends S. Rooney 
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George SaundersREAD  SHORTLIST (review Brona)
  • Midwinter Break  Bernard MacLavertyREAD   SHORTLIST (review Brona)
  • Compass by M. Énard NOT reading – SHORTLIST Prix Goncourt 2015  “un rien ennuyant”


  • Idaho by Emily Ruskovich –  SHORTLIST (family epic, rugged Idaho)
  • American author Emily Ruskovich has won the prestigious 2019 International Dublin Literary Award for her debut novel Idaho.
  • The €100,000 prize is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English and Emily is the fourth American author to win the prize in 24 years.

My Shortlist!

  • A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert ,
  • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
  • Pachinko by Jin Min Lee
  • Brother by David Chariandy
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by G. Honeyman READ
  • The Hate U Give by A. Thomas
  • Tin Man by Sarah WinmanREAD




    1. Go, Went, Gone by Jenny ErpenbeckREAD!    NOT ON SHORTLIST !!! 
    2. SHORTLIST for sure – my choice as winner!
    3. but I still have to read  Irish and Australian/New Zealand books!
    4. You Should Have Left by Daniel Kehlmann – NOT reading
    5. To Die in Spring by Ralf Rothmann – NOT reading
    6. Kruso by Lutz Seiler – NOT reading



    1. Escape From Sunset Grove by Minna Lindgren – NOT reading
    2. My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci – NOT reading
    3. They Know Not What They Do by Jussi Valtonen – NOT reading



    1. A House in Norway by Vigdis Hjorth – NOT reading
    2. The History of Bees by Maja Lunde – NOT reading
    3. The Sixteen Trees of the Somme by Lars Mytting – NOT reading


    1. Beartown / The Scandal by Fredrik Backman – NOT reading (50 % ice hockey, not my sport)
    2. Naondel ; the Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff – NOT reading ( rape, abuse)


    1. Special Envoy by Jean Echenoz- NOT reading (polar, detective)
    2. The 7th Function of Language by Laurent Binet
    3. Compass by Mathias Énard – NOT reading – SHORTLIST
    4. The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis – NOT reading   Just 192 pages of pure misery
    5. Radiant Terminus by Antoine Volodine – NOT reading ( parallel universes)


    1. Of Darkness by Josefine Klougart – NOT reading (apocalyptic novel)
    2. Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorth Nors – NOT reading (woman with driving anxiety)


    1. The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao by Martha Batalha –NOT reading (no plot, depressing)
    2. A Poison Apple by Michel Laub – NOT reading (depressing, suicide)


    1. A Vineyard in Andalusia by Maria Dueñas – NOT reading (pg 544 historical fiction, polished draft!)
    2. The Invented Part by Rodrigo Fresán – NOT reading (masturbating to Bob Dylan, jick)
    3. Return to the Dark Valley by Santiago Gamboa – NOT reading (violence, rapes, torture, mutilation)
    4. Like a Fading Shadow by Antonio Muñoz Molina – NOT reading (…like J.E. Ray bio on Wikipedia)
    5. Heretics by Leonardo Padura – READING
    6. Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin NOT reading ( depressing, Amanda lies terminally ill)


    1. The Harvest of Chronos by Mojca Kumerdej – NOT reading ( no GR reviews…not taking chance)


    1. Ferocity by Nicola Lagioia – NOT reading (dubious tedious leery depiction of women.)
    2. The Temptation to be Happy by Lorenzo Marone – NOT reading ?? (..old fellow )
    3. Adua by Igiaba Scego NOT reading (Italian colonization of East Africa, Somali immigrant)


    1. The Death of the Perfect Sentence by Rein Raud – NOT reading (spy novel/love story in Estonia)


    1. The Impossible Fairytale by Han Yujoo – NOT reading


    1. The Image Interpreter by Zoran Živković – NOT READING


    • The Changeling by Victor LaValle – NOT reading (…bland writing, Neil Gaiman feel….)
    • Pachinko by Jin Min Lee – (500 pg saga, tip from Sue and Brona)
    • The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis – NOT reading (368 pg dysfunctional family sagas)
    • Mama’s Maze by Agnes Ong – NOT reading (Malaysia, daughter with mentally ill mother)
    • Stay With Me by A. Adébáyọ̀ – NOT reading ( family tragedy in Nigeria)
    • 4321 by Paul Auster  – NOT reading (866 massive)
    • Little Fires Everywhere by C. Ng – NOT reading ( complex family/small-town)
    • The Trick by Emanuel Bergmann – NOT reading
    • The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes by Bridget Canning – NOT reading
    • Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang – NOT reading (…slow book)
    • Brother by David Chariandy – (Powerful, bold and timely, Canadian)
    • What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons – NOT reading ( coming of age…again!)
    • The Last Beothuk by Gary Collins – NOT reading (New Foundland historical fiction…hmmm)
    • In the Distance by Hernan Diaz – NOT reading (The Odyssey…in American West)
    • Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan  – NOT reading ( mind-numbing boring)
    • American War by Omar El Akkad – NOT reading ( horrifying dystopian novel)
    • This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel – NOT reading ( transgender children)
    • The Leavers by Lisa Ko  – NOT reading (Chinese village)
    • History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund – NOT reading –
    • Here in Berlin by Cristina Garcia – NOT reading (man in Berlin with a camera)
    • Dreams Beyond the Shore by Tamika Gibson – NOT reading (two different type teenagers)
    • There Your Heart Lies by Mary Gordon – NOT reading ( Spanish Civil War…and a woman)
    • Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy – NOT reading ( bizarre, bland from Canada)
    • The Road to Shenzhen by Huang Guosheng – NOT reading (no GR reviews…no risks)
    • How to Stop Time by Matt Haig – NOT reading (40 yr guy…with special power, bah)
    • Exit West by Mohsin HamidNOT reading   
    • All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai  – NOT reading (another time travel narrative)
    • The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott – NOT reading (depressing book, Irish, nuns, Brooklyn)
    • Reservoir 13 J. McGregorREAD
    • Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed – NOT reading ( rape, child abuse , incest, bah)
    • The Forensic Records Society by Magnus Mills – NOT reading (…vinyl record club?)
    • Elmet by Fiona Mozley – NOT reading (allegory of the feudal nature of land)
    • The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst – NOT reading (two boys attending Oxford University)
    • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by G.Honeyman READ
    • Darker by E.L. James – NOT reading (…average sad guy…)
    • The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin – NOT reading
    • First Snow, Last Light by Wayne Johnston – NOT reading
    • The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce – NOT reading (healing power of music for two lovers…)
    • Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař – NOT reading (intergalactic odyssey of love, ambition)
    • English Animals by Laura Kaye – NOT reading (girl gets job in a country house in rural England)
    • A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates – NOT reading (752 pg lonely/empty hearts)
    • Uncertain Weights and Measures by Jocelyn Parr – NOT reading (love story, scientist and artist)
    • Next Year, For Sure by Zoey Leigh Peterson – NOT reading
    • Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore – NOT reading (reincarnation and rape, ugh.)
    • No One is Coming to Save Us by S. Watts – NOT reading (Great Gatsby recast in the US South)
    • The Bedlam Stacks by N. Pulley – NOT reading (smuggler journeying to Peru seeks quinine)
    • White Bodies by Jane Robins – NOT reading (psychological thriller about twin sisters, cringe)
    • Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson – NOT reading (Canadian YA novel )
    • The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy – NOT reading (not a fan of author)
    • Breathe by Beni Rusani – NOT reading (…medical novel, not my thing)
    • The Golden House by Salman Rushdie – NOT reading
    • Idaho by Emily Ruskovich – NOT reading WINNER !!
    • The Bridge Troll Murders by Sheldon Russell – NOT reading
    • No One Can Pronounce My Name R Satyal – NOT reading (immigrants – Americanized offspring)
    • Lincoln in the Bardo by George SaundersREAD  SHORTLIST ?
    • A Boy in Winter by Rachel Seiffert –
    • Home Fire by Kamila ShamsieREAD
    • The Woman in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
    • House of Spies by Daniel Silva – NOT reading (…but not about to start in middle of series)
    • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland – NOT reading
    • Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout – NOT reading
    • My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent – NOT reading
    • The Hate U Give by A. Thomas
    • Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan – NOT reading
    • Borne by Jeff Van der Meer – NOT reading
    • Sing, Unburied, Sing by J. Ward – NOT reading (magical realism not my thing) 
    • Girlcott by Florenz Webb Maxwell – NOT reading
    • When the English Fall by David Williams – NOT reading
    • Tin Man by Sarah WinmanREAD
    • Lost in September by Kathleen Winter – NOT reading
    • The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas – NOT reading
    • The Book of Joan by  Lidia Yuknavitch – NOT reading

    Previous winners

    • 2018: Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Irish)
    • 2017: A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa (Angolan),
    • 2016: Family Life by Akhil Sharma (American)
    • 2015: Harvest by Jim Crace (British)
    • 2014: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez (Colombian),
    • 2013: City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (Irish)
    • 2012: Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor (British)
    • 2011: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann (Irish)
    • 2010: The Twin by Gerbrand Bakker (Dutch)
    • 2009: Man Gone Down by Michael Thomas (American)
    • 2008: De Niro’s Game by Rawi Hage (Lebanese / Canadian)
    • 2007: Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson (Norwegian)
    • 2006: The Master by Colm Toibín (Irish)
    • 2005: The Known World by Edward P. Jones (American)
    • 2004: This Blinding Absence of Light by Tahar Ben Jelloun (Moroccan)
    • 2003: My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (Turkish)  – READ
    • 2002: Atomised by Michel Houellebecq (French)
    • 2001: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod (Canadian)
    • 2000: Wide Open by Nicola Barker (English)
    • 1999: Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller (English)
    • 1998: The Land of Green Plums by Herta Müller (Romanian)
    • 1997: A Heart So White by Javier Marías (Spanish)
    • 1996: Remembering Babylon by David Malouf (Australian)
7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mar 28 2019

    I just can’t manage a list this long – it’s so overwhelming. I think I’ll wait for the short list!

    I have read a few on the list, but won’t be actively seeking to read others. For me this award is catch-as-catch-can ie if the listed books come to me by other reading plans then I’ll read them.

    I have read a few of the Aussies (4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 14) and some others, including Pachinko which I really liked for its insight into Korean-Japanese relations. But then, I’m interested in Japanese culture.

    Your reasons for reading/not reading are fascinating. Some I agree with, some I don’t. For example, I agree with “((866 massive)” I probably should read Auster but have I got the patience and time? BUT “(50 % ice hockey, not my sport)” on its own wouldn’t put me off as I quite like reading to introduce me to other people’s passions so I understand them better. Tim Winton’s Breath did that for surfing for me which is something I have no interest in. And, I saw a movie the other day about a Wrestling family. I’m even less interesting in wrestling – at least Surfing is beautiful to watch! – but it gave me a fascinating insight into a subculture I know nothing about.


    • Mar 28 2019

      Sue, I agree with you..this list is just too long. There are books on the list ( I sifted through them all with the help of Goodreads) where readers just scratch their head and ask ” how in heavens name did this book be considered for International Booker Prize?” I think the Dublin Lit Award organization just “cut and paste’- ed many nominees from other awards…thinking
      ” …good enough for them…good enough for us!”. For some writers from Scandinavian, Asian and East European countries are just thrilled that they can add ‘longlist Dublin Lit Award” to their curriculum vitae.

      I was VERY impressesd by Jenny Erpenbeck “Go, Went, Gone. If she wins the prize….I’ll have an Irish Coffee (…my ethnic roots) to celebrate…or a glass of Dutch beer (…where I live now), don’t drink German beer…the Dutch believe we do 2 things BEST: beer and tulips!

      I will have a look at your Aussis books read (reviews on website?) and thanks for mentioning Tim Winton Breath..I loved Cloudstreet. I will give Pachinko a try as well. That movie you alluded to about wrestling…I think I saw a trailer about it. It looks amazing…young British girl goes to USA to become a wrestling star?
      Thanks so much for you comments!

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      • Mar 28 2019

        The books I mention I’ve read are reviewed on my blog Nancy, as is Pachinko.

        Yes, that movie is about the British girl who goes to the USA. It’s based on a true story. It has some of those standard things you find in a sports biopic, but it has something extra, partly because of the sport, partly because of the whole family involvement in the sport. It’s a bit edgier than the usual biopic.

        I’m impressed that you checked all the books out on GoodReads. I just throw my hands up in despair!!

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  2. Mar 28 2019

    Thanks for the little chuckle about why or why not you’re reading certain books 🙂

    The Temptation to be Happy by Lorenzo Marone sounds like another version of the 100 year old man who jumped out of the window story.

    4321 was fabulous to start with, but lost the plot or perhaps its self-indulgent nature just got too much for me! Is it just me, or are there a of books about rape and paedophilia atm? I’m reading one right now – Putney.

    The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane intrigues me – tea, China, belonging, mother/daughter angst – my cup of tea 🙂

    Pachinko is not hyped. It was a wonderful read, not without it’s flaws but a fascinating family saga. Home Fire was also a great read. Of the Aussies that I’ve read, Taboo is my standout pick.

    I’m interested in The Sixteen Trees of the Somme and The Golden House. But Zola is next on my agenda 🙂


    • Mar 28 2019

      Thanks so much Brona…for adding your takes on some of these books.
      Yes, I find many books about abuse, rape, torture, pedophilia…and it just puts me off the book at once. Just not in the mood to be immersed in those problems. The Tea Girl….sounds good, it was…”read or not read”…thought last night. But I wlll give it a go. Taboo, Pachinko, The 16 trees and The Golden House have moved up on my TBR. BTW…the Dutch/Belgian entries were just awful books. (Peter Terrin and Nina Weijers) There are so many better writers here in NL: Tommy Wieringa, Esther Gerritzen, Bregje Hofstede (debut novel) is nominated for our Libris Prize 2019. I haven’t read it yet but sounds interestin: young girl leaves a relationship…takes nothing only her diaries. Hmmm, I wonder what she wrote in them?
      Also books 600 pages +….not in the mood to commit to a very long read at the moment.

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  3. Apr 4 2019

    Thanks for the link Nancy.


    • Apr 4 2019

      New post: Dublin Literary Award Shortlist….your link it there too!



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