Wednesday 23 October 2019

Tóibín's Mary in running for the Man Booker prize

Distinguished Enniscorthy novelist Colm Tóibín is back in contention once more for the prestigious Man Booker prize with his novella 'The Testament of Mary'.

The man from Parnell Avenue – and more recently Blackwater – has made the long list along with fellow Irishmen Colum McCann and Donal Ryan.

He is hoping to take the award this time after his 'Blackwater Lightship' (1999) and 'The Master' (2004) drew a blank on previous occasions.

He has since enjoyed considerable commercial success with his romantic 'Brooklyn' which was overlooked by the Booker adjudicators.

Now, however, he is back in favour with the literary critics with the shortest ever contender for the big prize.

Published last year, 'The Testament of Mary' stretches to just 112 pages, exploring the

mind of the mother of Jesus after her son's crucifixion.

Tóibín has joked that a novella is novel that no one reads but the inclusion on the list is bound to give the slim volume a boost at the sales till.

And, in its stage form as a one-woman play, it has already captured the regard of theatre audiences in both Dublin and New York. The list is due to be reduced to six in September, with the winner announced at a ceremony in London during October.

Wexford People

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