Random House New Zealand has proudly announced that five of their books are included in the nominations for the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Drybread by Owen Marshall
Rocking Horse Road, by Carl Nixon
Lucky Bastard, by Peter Wells
Towards Another Summer, by Janet Frame
Mr. Allbone's Ferrets, by Fiona Farrell
This annual award is presented to a novel which, in the opinion of the judges, makes a lasting contribution to excellence in world literature, so it is a real scoop to be shortlisted. The nominations were submitted by libraries in major cities world wide.
I have yet to learn if other New Zealand publishers have books on the shortlist, as I can't find the shortlist on the internet! And I am ashamed to say that the only one of the five I have read is Mr Allbone's Ferrets by Fiona Farrell, which I loved for its superb research and "feel" of the English countryside. In fact, I wrote to Fiona, asking her to write a sequel, but she prevaricated.