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Three Irish authors feature on Impac longlist

Three Irish authors have been nominated for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award.  The longlist, published today, consists of 152 titles proposed by libraries all over the world. The judges will now select 10 books for the shortlist from which the eventual winner will be chosen and announced next June.

Irish fiction had a lower representation than last year, when a record eight authors were named on the initial longlist.

This year only three writers made the cut.

Tipperary writer Donal Ryan was nominated for his debut novel The Spinning Heart along with former Impac winner Colm Tóibín for The Testament of Mary, and David Park for The Light of Amsterdam.



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By John Sgammato on August 10, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Amazon Verified Purchase
I can't stop laughing about this book, and I set it down half an hour ago. It's a scream!
For example, when the section on arranging an introduction (with an unattached young lady) opens with "Procure a few feet of stout manila rope or clotheseline..." you know this isn't Emily Post...
I'm still laughing just recalling it. It's worth it simply for the meanings of flowers in courtship.
I'll never sleep tonight; my wife will be quite distressed, and I'll be on the couch. That's OK, I'll keep reading this foolish book, Goid knows I need a laugh.


By Elizabeth Thayer-rhodes on July 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
The reprinted version offers very funny photos not orignally include din the books first production, very funny, very clever. This is a classic of course.
By Therese Z on June 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
one of the great writers of the thirties. along with perelman. thurber. h allen smith. robert benchley. they deserve to be remembered.

By Book Lady 55 on January 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Very funny although the author probably didn't intend it that way, the recent addition of VERY funny pictures by the new editor just adds to the joy of.