Clare author misses out on Man Booker shortlist

Clare author misses out on Man Booker shortlist


williamsniall01West Clare based author Niall Williams has not been included in the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize having been named on the longlist.

Competition organisers named their shortlist today which also excluded fellow Irish author Joseph O’Neill.

Niall Williams, a Dublin born writer, has lived in Kiltumper, Co Clare for the past 30 years. He is the author of eight novels, three stage plays, four non-fiction works and several screenplays, and a novella: The Unrequited.

His latest novel, HISTORY OF THE RAIN, Niall’s first for five years, published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Commonwealth and Ireland (April 2014) and in North America (May 2014), was long-listed for The Man Booker Prize 2014.

The shortlist of six, taken from a longlist of 13, is:

Author (nationality)                     Title (imprint)

Joshua Ferris (US)                            To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (Viking)

Richard Flanagan (Australian)        The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Chatto & Windus)

Karen Joy Fowler (US)                      We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Serpent’s Tail)

Howard Jacobson (British)               J (Jonathan Cape)

Neel Mukherjee (British)                 The Lives of Others (Chatto & Windus)

Ali Smith (British)                             How to be Both (Hamish Hamilton)

Chair of the 2014 judges, AC Grayling, commented: “We are delighted to announce our international shortlist. As the Man Booker Prize expands its borders, these six exceptional books take the reader on journeys around the world, between the UK, New York, Thailand, Italy, Calcutta and times past, present and future. We had a lengthy and intensive debate to whittle the list down to these six.  It is a strong, thought-provoking shortlist which we believe demonstrates the wonderful depth and range of contemporary fiction in English.”