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Open thread: Tell us your favourite book this year and you could win 10 books

The books are all on the shortlist for the International Dublin Literary Award.

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IT’S ALMOST HALFWAY through the year, so you probably have a few favourite 2016 books already (or maybe it’s an old classic that you’ve discovered).

One of them might even have been shortlisted for the €100k International Dublin Literary Award, which is the most valuable literary prize in the world.

We have a set of the 10 shortlisted books to giveaway.

The award is sponsored by Dublin City Council and all of the books were nominated by public libraries across the world. Irish writer Mary Costello is in the shortlist, having been nominated for her debut novel, Academy Street.

The lucky winner will win all of the following shortlisted books (that’s one copy of each book):

  1. Outlaws by Javier Cercas (Spanish) Translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean. 
  2. Academy Street by Mary Costello (Irish) 
  3. Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggers (American) 
  4. The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck (German) Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky.
  5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James (Jamaican) 
  6. Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub (Brazilian) Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa. 
  7. Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga (Rwandan). Translated from French by Melanie Mauthner. 
  8. Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (American) 
  9. Lila by Marilynne Robinson (American) 
  10. Family Life by Akhil Sharma (Indian-American) 

The winner will be announced by Ardmhéara / Lord Mayor, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, Patron of the Award, on Thursday 9 June.

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To enter, email your favourite book you’ve read this year (old or new) to competitions@thejournal.ie. The competition ends in one week.

Meanwhile, why not let us know in the comments what that book is too? 

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