Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 13, 2013

IMPAC Dublin Longlist titles reviewed on the ANZ LitLovers blog.

The 2014 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award Longlist was announced last night. 

To see the whole list, click here.

To read reviews of the titles I’ve read, click the link on the titles below.  Australian and New Zealand authors are underlined.

Seven Terrors – Selvedin Avdić – translated from Bosnian by Coral Petkovich

The VoyageMurray Bail

The Detour – Gerbrand Bakker – translated from Dutch by David Colmer

HHhH – Laurent Binet – translated from French by Sam Taylor

The Chemistry of Tears Peter Carey

Questions of Travel Michelle De Kretser

A Hologram for the King – Dave Eggers

Bring Up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel – only a Sensational Snippet, sorry!

The Daughters of MarsTom Keneally

The Garden of Evening Mists – Twan Eng Tan

A Death in the Family – Karl Ove Knausgaard – translated from Norwegian by Don Bartlett

Lost VoicesChristopher Koch

The Prisoner of Heaven  – Carlos Ruiz Zafón – translated from Spanish by Lucia Graves

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante – translated from Italian by Ann Goldstein

Dublinesque – Enrique Vila-Matas – translated from Spanish by Rosalind Harvey & Anne McLean

Traveller of the Century – Andrés Neuman – translated from Spanish by Nick Caistor & Lorenza Garcia

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore – Robin Sloan

Honour – Elif Shafak- translated from Turkish by Elif Shafak

Painter of Silence – Georgina Harding

NW – Zadie Smith

The Light Between Oceans – M L Stedman

Mateship with BirdsCarrie Tiffany

The Testament of Mary – Colm Tóibín

Narcopolis – Jeet Thayil

PS 18 November 2013
Kim from Reading Matters has done a similar post on her blog, and she’s read lots that I haven’t so make sure you visit to check out her reviews too.


  1. Nice list – Thank you! I’ve read 8 and definitely plan on 3 more. And a couple others will be added to ye olde wish list. :-)


  2. This is wonderful, Lisa! I can’t believe that you have read so much of the longlist already! You are inspiration for the rest of us! It is nice to see Michelle de Kretser and Peter Carey there on the list.


  3. Ah, I was going to do something similar on my blog! It’s quite an eclectic list, isn’t it? I was surprised by how many I had read from it, but I don’t think it’s anywhere near as many as you!


    • I hope you do, do the same, because you’ll have read different ones to me. I love your blog for the reviews of Irish authors in particular, I reckon you’re responsible for a whole shelf on my TBR!
      (It should make me too scared to read your blog, but LOL it only encourages me…)


  4. What a long list! Is this list every book that was published in recent years? My favorites are ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk’ and ‘The Dinner’ and ‘My Brilliant Friend’. and ‘A Hologram for the King’. I can’t figure out why they left out ‘Life After Life’ by Kate Atkinson or why they included ‘The Testament of Mary’ or ‘Chemistry of Tears’. .


  5. Good grief! You’ve read so many of them! Pleased to see that there are several Australian authors there. In fact (in a very quiet voice) are we perhaps over-represented? This is an international prize isn’t it?


  6. It is indeed a long list, and (in a quiet voice like Janine’s) I have my doubts about some of what’s there e.g. The Casual Vacancy but some of what’s there is really terrific stuff. I don’t know how they choose the winner, the judges can’t possibly read ’em all!


  7. Thanks for sharing this and you’ve read a great number of them.


    • HI Nana, I think many of these reviews derive from being on Shadow Juries, which are a great way to discover the cream of what’s available around the world.


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