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the green road

Meet the latest Irish novelist in the running for one of the world's biggest literary awards

She got the nod for her latest book, The Green Road.

IRISH AUTHOR ANNE Enright has gotten the nod from the prestigious Man Booker Prize, with her latest novel being included on its 2015 longlist.

The Green Road is among 13 novels by writers who will compete for a hefty £50,000 prize. Enright is no stranger to the prize, having won in 2007 for The Gathering.

With both the Green Road and The Gathering exploring the lives of members of an Irish family, the hope is she will once again scoop the award.

4/2/2015. Irish Writers Anne Enright

Enright – currently the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction – joins UK and US writers such as Andrew O’Hagan, Marilynne Robinson and Anne Tyler on the longlist.

Last year, the Man Booker rules were changed to open it up to writers from outside Ireland and the Commonwealth.

Chair of the 2015 judges, Michael Wood, said today:

The judges were struck by the international spectrum of the novels, with the longlist featuring three British writers, five US writers and one apiece from the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand, India, Nigeria and Jamaica. Marlon James, who currently lives in Minneapolis, is the first Jamaican-born author to be nominated for the prize. Laila Lalami, now based in Santa Monica but born in Rabat, is the first Moroccan-born.

The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 15 September, with the winner being announced on Tuesday 13 October at a black-tie dinner.

Read: This woman will be the face of Irish fiction for the next three years>

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