The Longlist for the 2015 International IMPAC Literary award has been announced at Dublin City Library and Archive today, Monday, 24th November. The 142 books on the longlist were nominated by libraries in 114 cities and 39 countries worldwide. 49 titles on the longlist are books in translation, spanning 16 languages and 29 are first novels. In this, the 20th year of the award we are delighted that five Irish books have made the longlist.

The five Irish titles nominated are:

The Herbalist by Niamh Boyce, nominated by Galway County Library, Ireland.

The Guts by Roddy Doyle, nominated by Liverpool City Libraries, UK.

TransAtlantic by Colum McCann, nominated by Halifax Public Libraries, Canada; Dublin City Public Libraries, Ireland; Waterford City & County Libraries, Ireland; Liverpool City Libraries, UK; New Hampshire State Libraries, Concord, USA; The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, USA.

The Rising of Bella Casey by Mary Morrissy, nominated by Cork City Libraries and Dublin City Public Libraries, Ireland.

The Thing About December by Donal Ryan, nominated by Limerick City Library, Ireland.

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