The 2016 winner of The international Dublin literary award was announced on Thursday 9 June. The award is an international prize for a work of fiction and is unique in that it is solely sponsored by the City of Dublin with nominations submitted by public libraries from across the world (the National library of Australia and the State Libraries of South Australia, Queensland, Melbourne and New South Wales submitted entries on Australia’s behalf). It is also one of the richest literary prizes with €100,000 on offer for the winner.

Both the winner and the shortlisted titles are available from Hurstville and Penshurst Libraries.


2016 winner:

family life

Family lifeAkhil Sharma

Ajay, eight years old, spends his afternoons playing cricket in the streets of Delhi with his brother Birju, four years older. They are about to leave for a shiny new life in America. Ajay anticipates, breathlessly, a world of jet-packs and chewing-gum.


2016 shortlisted titles:

Outlaws, Javier Cercas

Academy streetMary Costello

Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?, Dave Eggers

The end of daysJenny Erpenbeck

A brief history of seven killings, Marlon James (winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize)

Diary of the fallMichel Laub

Our lady of the NileScholastique Mukasonga

Dept. of speculation, Jenny Offill

LilaMarilynne Robinson

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