Even the Dogs by British author Jon McGregor (Bloomsbury) has won this year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
McGregor’s novel, which tells the story of an alcoholic who dies between Christmas and New Year, was selected for the €100,000 (approximately A$126,000) award from a shortlist of 10, which also included Rocks in the Belly by Australian author Jon Bauer (Scribe). As previously reported by Bookseller+Publisher, a number of other Australian and New Zealand authors were longlisted for this year’s award.
The judging panel described Even the Dogs as ‘a fearless experiment’ and ‘a compelling read’. ‘The greatest compliment we can pay the novel is that we will go back to read it again—to relive it, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its men and women and to bear witness to their trials and sufferings,’ said the judges.
The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the most valuable award for a novel published in English and is presented each year to promote excellence in world literature. Nominations for the award are submitted by library systems in major cities throughout the world. More information about the award can be found online here.