Aug 01, 2023

By Christine Ross

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Author Sebastian Barry is one of four Irish writers to make the long list of semifinalists for this year’s Booker Prize.

Nominated four times before, Barry  is being recognized this time is for his novel “Old God’s Time” about a retired police detective who gets dragged back into a cold case investigation of a murdered priest suspected of sexual abuse.

The writers of 12 other books, including four debut novelists, were chosen from 163 books submitted by publishers.

The winner of the $64,000 prize will be announced in November after the list is pared down to six finalists next month.


Ayòbámi Adébáyò, “A Spell of Good Things”

Sebastian Barry, “Old God’s Time”

Sarah Bernstein, “Study for Obedience”

Jonathan Escoffery, “If I Survive You”

Elaine Feeney, “How to Build a Boat”

Paul Harding, “This Other Eden”

Siân Hughes, “Pearl”

Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow, “All the Little Bird-Hearts”

Paul Lynch, “Prophet Song”

Martin MacInnes, “In Ascension”

Chetna Maroo, “Western Lane”

Paul Murray, “The Bee Sting”

Tan Twan Eng, “The House of Doors”

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