Posted by: Lisa Hill | November 12, 2019

Aussies and Kiwis on the 2020 Dublin Literary Award longlist

Twelve books by Australian authors and three by New Zealand authors have been longlisted for the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award.

I’ve read and reviewed about half of the Australian titles:

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  • Flames by Robbie Arnott, see my review
  • The Making of Martin Sparrow by Peter Cochrane
  • Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
  • A Stolen Season by Rodney Hall, see my review
  • The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  • Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko, see my review
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris, see my review
  • Shell by Kristina Olsson, see my review
  • The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
  • The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen, see my review
  • The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton
  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

I’ve read and reviewed all three of the New Zealand titles:

The longlist comprises156 books, nominated by libraries from 40 countries. There are 50 translated titles and 51 debut novels. The book that received the most nominations this year was Tommy Orange’s There There.

The shortlist will be announced on 2 April 2020 and the winner on 10 June.  The prize is worth €100,000 (A$157,760).

For more information, visit the award’s website.

I don’t like to criticise the organisers of this award because it seems like a ginormous task for a library to undertake, but alas, this year, they have not published a copiable list, much less a sortable one, only a web page of book covers.  I have done my best to harvest this list, but it’s a work in progress.  Translators names have (at the time of writing) only been included when they were named on the cover of the book, and many names should be spelled with diacritics… so I would appreciate advice about any information that needs to be added or corrections that need to be made.   I’m also aware that I may have missed Australian or New Zealand writers if I’m not familiar with their names, so please don’t hesitate to let me know if there are more than the 15 I’ve identified.

Nominees from elsewhere around the world.  (I have kept the Aussies and Kiwis in this list (in Italics) to keep the numbering correct, but links to my reviews for those are in my lists above.)

  1. A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  2. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
  3. A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better by Benjamin Wood
  4. A Stolen Season by Rodney Hall
  5. All the Lives We Never Lived by Anuradha Roy
  6. All This by Chance by Vincent O’Sullivan
  7. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  8. An Image in a Mirror by Ijangolet Ogwang
  9. The Orphan’s War by Molly Green
  10. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday
  11. Begotten Not Made by Conal Creedon
  12. Berta Isla by Javier Marias, on my TBR
  13. Bird Cottage by Ava Meijer
  14. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuiller
  15. Blue Jewellery by Kalharna Winker
  16. Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
  17. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
  18. Brother in Ice by Alicia Kopf
  19. Burning Cities by Kai Aarelid
  20. Catching the Light by Susan Sinnott
  21. Children of God by Lars Petter Sveen
  22. Circe by Madeline Miller, see my review
  23. Comemadre by Roque Larraqut
  24. Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg
  25. Convenience Store Women by Sayuka Murata
  26. Damnation by Peter Beck
  27. Disoriental by Negar Djavadi, see my review
  28. Don’t Skip Out on me by Willy Vlautin
  29. Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
  30. Elefant by Martin Suter
  31. Eternal life by Dara Horn
  32. Flames by Robbie Arnott
  33. Fox by Dubravka Ugresic
  34. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, see my review
  35. French Exit by Patrick deWitt
  36. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, see my review
  37. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  38. Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss
  39. Hanumans Travels by Andrei Ivanov
  40. History of Violence by Edouard Louis
  41. Hotel Silence by Audur Ava Olafsdottir
  42. Immigrant Montana by Amitav Kumar
  43. In Half by Jasmin B Frelih translated by Jason Blake
  44. Insurrecto by Gina Apostol
  45. Jasmine Days by Benyamin, translated by Shahnaz Habib, see my review
  46. Killing Commendatore by Murakami
  47. Kudos by Rachel Cusk
  48. Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart
  49. Latitudes of Longing by Shubhamngi Swarup
  50. Letters to God by Norharsah Hamid
  51. Little by Edward Carey
  52. Lullaby by Leile Slimani
  53. Matei Brunul by Lucian Dan Teodorovici
  54. Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson
  55. Middle England by Jonathan Coe, see my review
  56. Milkman by Anna Burns, on my TBR
  57. My Father was a Man on Land and a Whale in the Water by Michelle Steinbeck translated by Jess Calleja
  58. My German Brother by Chico Buarque
  59. My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  60. My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Otessa Moshfegh
  61. Name of the Dog, by Elmer Mendoza
  62. Nameless Serenade by Maurizo de Giovanni
  63. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  64. Ohio by Stephen Markley
  65. OK, Mr Field, by Katharine Kilalea
  66. Oneiron by Laura Lindstedt
  67. Oraefi the Wasteland by Ofeigur Sigurdsson translated by Lytton Smith
  68. Orchid and the Wasp by Caolinn Hughes
  69. Painter to the Kind by Amy Sackville
  70. Peach by Emma Glass
  71. Piranhas by Roberto Saviano, translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar
  72. Pobeda 1946, a Car Called Victory by Ilmar Taska
  73. Prague Spring by Simon Mawer, on my TBR
  74. Resin by Ane Riel
  75. Resistance by Julian Fuks, translated by Daniel Hahn
  76. River, by Esther Kinsky, translated from the German by Iain Galbraith
  77. Second Chinese Daughter by Shirley Fung
  78. Self-Portrait with Boy by Rachel Lyon
  79. Severance by Ling Ma
  80. Shell by Kristina Olssen
  81. Sight, by Jessie Greengrass
  82. Skin Deep by Liz Nugent
  83. Small Country by Gael Faye
  84. Sonka by Ignacy Karpowicz, translated from the Polish by Maya Zakrzewska-Pim
  85. Sophia, or the Beginning of All Tales by Rafik Schami, translated from the German by Monique Arav & John Hannon
  86. Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
  87. Story of a Marriage, by Geir Gulliksen
  88. Take Nothing with You by Patrick Gale
  89. Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams
  90. The Arid Sky by Emiliano Monge, translated by Thumas Dunstead
  91. The Art of White Roses by Viviana Prado-Nunez
  92. The Best of Kukuyo by Kevin jared Hosein
  93. The Boat People by Sharon Bala
  94. The Book of M, by Peng Shepherd
  95. The Eight Mountains by Paolo Cognetti
  96. The End of Loneliness, by Benedict Wells
  97. The End of Sunset Grove, by Minna Lindgren
  98. The Ensemble by Aka Gabel
  99. The Farm, by Héctor Abad, translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean
  100. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
  101. The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White
  102. The Gold Diggers, by Sue Nyathi
  103. The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
  104. The Great Believers, byu Rebecca Makkai
  105. The Great Fall, by Peter Handke
  106. The Gunners, by Rebecca Kauffman
  107. The Hoarder, by Jess Kidd
  108. The Hum of the Sun, by Kirsten Miller
  109. The Ice Shelf by Anne Kennedy
  110. The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke by Tina Makereti
  111. The Language of Birds by Norbert Scheuer, translated by Stephen Brown
  112. The Last of Our Kind, by Adelaide de Clermont-Tonnerre
  113. The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland
  114. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
  115. The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen
  116. The Luminous Sea by Melissa Barbeau
  117. The Making of Martin Sparrow, by Peter Cochrane
  118. The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, by Imogen Hermes Gowar
  119. The Ones with Purpose, by Nozizwe Cynthia Jele
  120. The Only Story by Julian Barnes, on my TBR
  121. The Overstory, by Richard powers
  122. The Perfect family, by Shalini Boland
  123. The Plotters by Un Su Kim, translated from the Korean by Sora Kim-Russell
  124. The Red Word, by Sarah Henstra
  125. The Sacco Gang, by Andrea Camilleri
  126. The Saturday Night Ghost Club, by Craig Davidson
  127. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
  128. The Shepherd’s Hut, by Tim Winton, on my TBR
  129. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker, on my TBR
  130. The Taiga Syndrome, by Cristina Rivera Garza, translated from the Spanish by Suzanne Jill Levine & Aviva Kana
  131. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  132. The Toymakers, by Robert Dinsdale
  133. The Trick to Time, by Kit de Wal
  134. The Waiter, by Matias Faldbakken
  135. The Water Cure, by Sophie Mackintosh
  136. The Western Wind, by Samantha Harvey
  137. The Woman in the Woods, by John Connolly
  138. Theory of Bastards, by Audrey Schulman
  139. There, There by Tommy Orange, see my review
  140. This Mortal Boy, by Fiona Kidman
  141. Too Much Lip, by Melissa Lucashenko
  142. Transcription, by Kate Atkinson
  143. Transparent City by Ondjaki
  144. Travelling in a Strange Land by David Park
  145. Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver
  146. Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger
  147. Vox, by Christina Dalcher
  148. Waiting for Tomorrow by Nathacha Appanah
  149. Warlight, by Michael Ondaatje
  150. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, on my TBR
  151. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
  152. Where the Dead Sit Talking, by Brandon Hobson
  153. Woman at 1000 degrees, by Hallgrimer Helgason
  154. Woman at Sea, by Catherine Poulain
  155. Woman of the Ashes by Mia Couto, translated by David Brooksman
  156. Woman Talking, a Novel, by Miriam Toews


  1. Fabulous list! Fingers crossed for the Aussies.


  2. I’ve recently read quite a few of the books by Oz authors and am especially glad about the inclusion of
    A Stolen Season by Rodney Hall,
    The Lost Man by Jane Harper,
    Shell by Kristina Olsson,
    The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton
    Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak,
    especially the last three, which in my view are all brilliant and haven’t received anywhere near enough attention so far, while the inclusion of Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton riles me because in some ways it’s similar to Markus Zusak’s Bridge of Clay, but doesn’t have anywhere near as much humanity, compassion and empathy in it. I continue to be astonished by the critical acclaim it has received…


    • The thing about this longlist, is that it’s just nominations from libraries. The usual criteria that filter out books of less literary merit don’t apply. So you get Nordic Noir alongside Nobel Prize winning authors…


  3. Wow, Lisa … I really applaud your effort here. Thanks very much. I think you are right about the exposure for Aussie writers on an international list being worth a lot in itself.


    • Of course it would be very nice if the ones we are barracking for win the actual prize:)
      (I don’t need to tell you that I’m barracking for Shell!)

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  4. The list you created is a labour of love. The award organisers owe you an invite to the ceremony for doing their job for them…. still I won’t criticise them since they are doing a grand job of highlighting lesser known authors.


    • That’s a thought… a first class flight to Dublin all expenses paid would be very nice indeed!


      • Get working on those librarians right away – just show them how much free publicity you are giving them :)

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