British author, Jon McGregor, has won the 100,000 euro International Impac Dublin Literary Award for his third novel, Even the Dogs. The book emerged winner, from 146 other shortlisted titles, of the world’s largest prize given to a novel published in English.
According to publisher, Bloomsbury, Even the Dogs is “an intimate exploration of life at the edges of society.” McGregor is the third British author to win the lucrative prize. On his Twitter feed, McGregor said it was “a great prize” to win and that he felt “in good company.” Among the shortlisted books, whittled down from submissions nominated by 162 public libraries from 45 countries, were Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love and Karl Marlantes’ Matterhorn.
The Impac Award is organised by Dublin city libraries on behalf of Dublin City Council and is sponsored by Impac, an international management productivity company. It is open to novels written in any language by authors of any nationality, provided the book has been published in or translated into English.
Culled from the BBC website.