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Two Irish authors make the longlist for top book award

Lisa McInerney and Anne Enright have been named alongside Kate Atkinson and Elizabeth Strout.

TWO IRISH AUTHORS have been named in the longlist for the prestigious Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Two of the featured names on the longlist are Lisa McInerney – who has previously written for TheJournal.ie – and Irish Laureate for fiction Anne Enright.

The full longlist, which can be read here, also features Hanya Yanagihara for the much-talked-about A Little Life, and the award-winning Kate Atkinson for A God in Ruins.

McInerney’s novel The Glorious Heresies follows what happens when a man is accidentally murdered in Cork. Taking in multiple characters, it is full of deliciously salty language and on-point observations of post-recession Ireland.

Enright’s latest novel, The Green Road, takes in the fortunes of a family from the west of Ireland. Like her Booker Prize-winning novel The Gathering, it explores the changes in Irish society through the actions of its characters.

The announcement of the longlist fittingly comes on International Women’s Day.

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2015 was a particularly strong year for Irish women writers, with a slew of emerging writers, such as McInerney and Sara Baume, coming to acclaim.

In related news, earlier this week editor Sinead Gleeson announced the follow-up to her Irish Book Awards-winning collection The Long Gaze Back will be followed by The Glass Shore: Short Stories by Women Writers from the North of Ireland, due this autumn.

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