Congratulations to David Park whose novel Travelling in a Strange Land was named winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award 2019 earlier this week.
The prize is worth €15,000 to the winner.
It was presented at a special ceremony at the 49th Listowel Writers’ Week festival in Co. Kerry, Ireland.
Frank Hayes, representing sponsor Kerry Group, said: “As the ‘Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award’ nears its 25th year, it continues to be a much sought after accolade in the Irish literary calendar and brings global prestige to the literature of Ireland.
“Congratulations to each of the shortlisted authors and most especially to our Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year winner, David Park, for his illuminating work Travelling in a Strange Land.”
More than 50 Irish novels were submitted for this prestigious prize. I had planned to read the entire shortlist of five novels but only managed to read three — as ever, the standard (of what I read) was superb, so I’ll be reading the other two shortly.
You can read the official press release here.