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Two Irish novelists have been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

So was Englishman David Mitchell, who lives in Co Cork.

THE IRISH WRITERS Joseph O’Neill and Niall Williams have been longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize today.

O’Neill’s novel “The Dog”, and Williams’ “History of the Rain” join 11 other nominees for the prestigious literary award.

The full list is detailed below, but you can have a glance through the titles with this handy Gif.

Niall Williams, a Dublin native, was previously longlisted for the Irish Times IMPAC Literary Award for his novel “As It Is In Heaven.”

“History of the Rain”, the story of an Irish family in Co Clare, is his ninth novel.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie today, his agent Caroline Michel said she was “enormously proud” of the achievement. “It’s a terrific honour that Niall so well deserves,” she added.

You can read the first chapter here.

Joseph O’Neill’s novel “Netherland” was expected by some critics to win the 2008 Man Booker Prize, but in the end did not make the shortlist.

It did, however, win the prestigious American PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.

“The Dog,” his fourth novel, tells the story of a New York lawyer forced to sacrifice his personal morals after moving to Dubai.

The 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist features novels by four Americans, six Britons, two Irish and one Australian, including “The Bone Clocks” by English author David Mitchell, who lives in Clonakilty, Co Cork.

Here is the full list:

“To Rise Again at a Decent Hour” by Joshua Ferris”The Narrow Road to the Deep North” by Richard Flanagan”We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler

“The Blazing World” by Siri Hustvedt

“J” by Howard Jacobson

“The Wake” by Paul Kingsnorth

“The Bone Clocks” by David Mitchell

“The Lives of Others” by Neel Mukherjee

“Us” by David Nicholls

“The Dog” by Joseph O’Neill

“Orfeo” by Richard Powers

“How to be Both” by Ali Smith

“History of the Rain” by Niall Williams

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