The Arts Council extends its warmest congratulations to Irish writers Colm Tóibín, Ed O’Loughlin and William Trevor on the news their respective works have made the longlist for the Man Booker Prize.
Following the announcement Sarah Bannan, Head of Literature said: "Brooklyn is an exquisite and insightful novel. Tóibín's command of voice and point of view, his empathy for his characters and his gift for storytelling make this a work which stays with the reader long after finishing the final page. Complex and perceptive, it is a story of emigration and coming-of-age, but it is also a sophisticated, compelling and potent chronicle of inner worlds and submerged emotions."
"Love and Summer is a masterful piece of fiction and copper-fastens William Trevor’s place as a contemporary literary giant. The writer has been short-listed for the award four times previously and his work never fails to provoke, move and to inspire."
"Ed O’Loughlin’s gifts as an observer of political and human interaction, coupled with his strong command of the written word, make his first novel both a compelling and haunting read. Not Untrue & Not Unkind, like the other Irish works on this longlist, is a novel which is both graceful and complex and its place on the shortlist is richly deserved."