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GRACE has been nominated in France for thePrix Jean Monnet de Littérature Européenne 2019 and the Grand Prix de L’Héroïne 2019. The book was published last month to whopping acclaim and here are just some of the things the national press in France, Belgium and Switzerland have been saying:

“An epic book of black splendour” — Le Monde 

“Paul Lynch is one of today’s greatest Irish writers” — Libération

“Lynch is an immense talent with a haunting style that is as poignant as it is dazzling…. “This life is light,” writes the author at the end of the book. His novel too. — Le Figaro

Grace is an epic fresco, a picaresque novel as much as a stirring coming-of-age story…. reminiscent of the apocalyptic landscapes of Cormac McCarthy, the lyrical desolation of William Faulkner and the collapsing language of Samuel Beckett. — La Vie.


Paul Lynch probes the heart of the human condition with flamboyant lyricism. With only three novels, he is already an inimitable voice — an hallucinatory realism with an incantatory, hypnotic prose…. — Le Temps, Switzerland.

“A masterly work, at once a coming-of-age novel, intimate, social and historical. A work that digs the human psyche and that of a country” — Le Soir, Belgium

“Incantatory and magical” — Les Echos


GRACE has been shortlisted for the biennial William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.

The Stanford University Libraries and the William Saroyan Foundation jointly award the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, a biennial competition for fiction and non-fiction.

GRACE has been nominated for the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize, “the world’s foremost literary prize for historical fiction”.  The shortlist will be announced in April, with the overall winner being unveiled at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose on 15 June.