In a world awash with big-name book prizes, one that usually falls through the cracks — at least in the UK — is the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, which is Ireland's richest prize for Irish novelists. The winner takes home €15,000.
The 2014 shortlist, which was announced earlier in the week, comprises:
- Time Present and Time Past by Deirdre Madden
- A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride
- Transatlantic by Colum McCann
- Arimathea by Frank McGuinness
- The Thing About December by Donal Ryan
I have most of these on my TBR, have read (and loved) the McBride and am 50 pages from the end of the Madden, so I'm going to try to review every book on the list before the winner is named on 28 May.
You may remember I did this in 2012 and I discovered some real treats, including Anne Enright's The Forgotten Waltz, Carlo Gébler's The Dead Eight and Christine Dwyer Hickey's The Cold Eye of Heaven, three books I still think about almost two years later!