Grace has been shortlisted in France for two prizes, the Prix Jean Monnet de Littérature Européenne 2019, and the Grand Prix de L’Héroïne 2019. Previously, Grace was also shortlisted for the Prix Littérature Monde. Many thanks to the remarkable work of my translator Marina Boraso, and my publishing team at Albin Michel.

GRACE has been shortlisted for the Prix Littérature Monde (World Literature Prize) in France. Huge thanks to the remarkable work of my translator Marina Boraso, and my publishing team at Albin Michel. The shortlist is (with translated titles as they are in French): • Jamey Bradbury, Wild , trad. Jacques Mailhos (Gallmeister) • Paul Lynch, Grace, trans. Marina Boraso (Albin Michel) • Francesca Melandri, All, Except Me, trad. Danièle Valin (Gallimard) • Jeroen Olyslaegers, Trouble, trans. Françoise Antoine (Stock) • Ron Rash, A Brutal Silence (Gallimard)

Grace has won the €15,000 Kerry Group Irish Book of the Year. At the opening night of Listowel Writers’ Week in Kerry, adjudicators Jane Urquhart and Alex Preston chose it from a shortlist that included Frank McGuinness’s The Woodcutter and His Family, Lisa Harding’s Harvesting, Bernard MacLaverty’s Midwinter Break and Sally Rooney’s Conversations with Friends.

In her awarding of the prize, judge Jane Urquhart spoke of fellow judge Alex Preston’s remarks about the book: “It’s clear that Grace is something quite breathtakingly brilliant and new. Lynch’s great skill is to give us a story so moving, compelling and gripping written in a style that pushes the language to breaking point. I can’t remember a book colouring my experience of the world in the way Grace has done —my copy is thick with underlinings. This is a major work of fiction by a writer of quite extraordinary skill. I’m delighted that by giving the book the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, we’ll be bringing it to a much wider audience.”

The paperback of Grace is now out.