The International DUBLIN Literary Award 2016

The longlist for the International DUBLIN Literary Award 2016 has been announced and Allen & Unwin is thrilled to report that three of our titles have been nominated!

Voted for by Librarians, the DUBLIN is a unique international award - not to mention the world's most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English. It is great to see that State Library of Victoria nominated Cicada, while Miles Franklin Literary Award winner The Eye of the Sheep, was nominated by the National Library of Australia. Our third title, The Undertaking, was nominated by Hungarian librarians!

A great selection of titles from our international cousins also made the longlist - congratulations to them! This includes a few Allen & Unwin staff favourites such as Michel Faber's The Book of Strange New Things and the Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner A Brief History of Seven Killings.

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.

The full list of longlisted titles can be viewed here


by Moira McKinnon

A stunning novel of terror, love and survival in the most inhospitable country on earth. A white-knuckle chase story like no other - suspenseful, lyrical and breathtaking in equal measure. The literary debut novel of 2014.

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The Temporary Gentleman

by Sebastian Barry

A stunning return from the prize-winning and best-selling author of The Secret Scripture.

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by Ben Lerner

Shortlisted for the Folio Prize and internationally celebrated by critics and readers alike, here is a dazzling and utterly original novel about making art, love, and children during the twilight of an empire.

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Dept. of Speculation

by Jenny Offill

Admired by critics, adored by readers, Dept. of Speculation is an annihilating, electrifying account of marriage and motherhood, love and madness.

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by Richard Powers

A thrilling novel that explores private fears, public hysteria and the art of music, by one of America's most important living writers - longisted for the 2014 Booker Prize, the Folio Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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Family Life

by Akhil Sharma

Heart-wrenching and darkly comic, this hotly anticipated second novel from the author of An Obedient Father is the beautifully told story of a boy torn between duty and survival.

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