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GRACE has been shortlisted for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2018. The complete shortlist is as follows:

Grace (Paul Lynch) Midwinter Break (Bernard MacLaverty) Conversations with Friends (Sally Rooney) Harvesting (Lisa Harding) The Woodcutter and His Family (Frank McGuinness)

The winner, who will receive €15,000, will be announced at the opening ceremony of Listowel Writers’ Week on 30th May.


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.

The recent publication of GRACE in Australia has been met with acclaim in its national press. In a review in The Sydney Morning Herald, Frank O’Shea wrote, “When you finish, you feel like saying “wow”. Under your breath perhaps, but do not be hard on yourself if you shout it out, because this is a work of staggering beauty and deep insight.”

The Daily Telegraph wrote: “Lynch’s poetic, effortless and inventive way with language makes this a majestic book.” The Weekly Review included the book in “The Best Books You’ll Read This Summer”, and called GRACE, “a powerful, epic tale of an extraordinary girl overcoming the bleakest of times”. 

The Sun-Herald’s included GRACE in its list of ‘Hot Holiday Reads This Summer’ and called the book “enthralling and at times confronting”. Meanwhile, The Saturday Paper meanwhile, wrote, “Fiction often asks the question: what makes us human? Lynch’s answer is simplistic but elemental: a bowl of soup and a heel of bread.” 

Paul Lynch recently discussed GRACE with Kate Evans of ABC Australia’s Books and Arts show, in which he discussed taking on the famine as a subject for his novel. You can listen to the full interview here:https://paullynchwriter.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/bps_20171203_1405.mp3