We Announce the Short-List for the Kerry Group Irish Novel 2014
Five internationally significant Irish authors have today been announced as finalists for this year’s Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award. The €15,000 award is the largest monetary prize for fiction available solely to Irish authors.
The shortlist was announced by this year’s Award Adjudicators, Author David Park and Literary Critic Eileen Battersby. Over 50 novels were submitted for the award.
The five authors on the list are:
Time Present & Time Past – Deirdre Madden
A Girl is a Half-formed Thing – Eimear McBride
Transatlantic – Colum McCann
Arimathea – Frank McGuinness
The Thing About December – Donal Ryan
Speaking about the shortlist, David Park said, “Selecting a shortlist was an incredibly difficult task. Ireland continues to produce a wealth of writing that transcends age, gender and background. The high level of submissions is indicative of the cultural importance we continue to attribute to telling stories. Despite the challenges involved and the many close calls we believe we have arrived at a shortlist that embodies both contrasting styles and a consistency of quality.”
Established in 1995 and sponsored by Kerry Group, the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year is an annual award for Irish authors of fiction. Previous winners of the award include Christine Dwyer Hickey, Neil Jordan, John Banville, Joseph O’Neill, Roddy Doyle, Sebastian Barry, John McGahern and in 2013 Gavin Corbett.
Speaking about the announcement, Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group, said, “Kerry Group is delighted to sponsor the Kerry Group Irish Novel Award 2014. This prestigious award, now in its 19th year, continues to attract books of exceptional merit from a myriad of accomplished and aspiring Irish writers. With five outstanding novels featured on this year’s shortlist, it is evident that Ireland’s literary tradition goes from strength to strength. I commend our two adjudicators, Eileen Battersby and David Park, for compiling this year’s shortlist which showcases a rich and diverse selection of Irish writing”
The Winner of the Award will be announced at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Listowel Writers’ Week on Wednesday, 28 May, 2014.