City of Bohane Wins IMPAC Award

City of BohaneKevin Barry’s first novel, City of Bohane has been awarded the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013. The Dublin Impac Awards are a prestigious award where books are nominated by invited libraries around the world, making it a celebration of international literature. The longlist released at the end 2012 included a number of Aussie authors.

City of Bohane centres on the fictional Irish town of Bohane, infested by vice and split along tribal lines. There are the posh parts of town, but it is in the slums and backstreets of Smoketown, the tower blocks of the Northside Rises and the eerie bogs of Big Nothin’ that the city really lives. For years, the city has been in the cool grip of Logan Hartnett, the dapper godfather of the Hartnett Fancy gang. But there’s trouble in the air. They say his old nemesis is back in town; his trusted henchmen are getting ambitious; and his missus wants him to give it all up and go straight… And then there’s his mother

“The most arresting and original writer to emerge from these islands in years” — Irvine Welsh

In addition to winning the Impac Award, City of Bohane has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and a winner of the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.

Kevin Barry’s anthology includes a number of short fiction, including Dark Lies the Ocean and Town and Country which will be released at the start of June.


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