THE BLACK SNOW has won the French booksellers’ award, the Prix Libr’à Nous, for best foreign novel. More than 200 booksellers from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Morocco and francophone Canada voted in the award.

The other finalists for best foreign novel were NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt (Actes Sud) and INTÉRIEUR NUIT by Marisha Pessl (Gallimard). Last year’s winner was David Peace’s RED OR DEAD.

The award will be conferred in Paris on 10 February. The Black Snow, published as LA NEIGE NOIRE in France by Albin Michel, had also been nominated for the Prix FNAC and the Prix Femina.

In the same week, THE BLACK SNOW also won the inaugural Prix des Lecteurs Privat 2016. The prize was founded by Privat, one of France’s oldest bookshops — established in Toulouse in 1839. The jury voted from a list of 12 French and foreign novels released during France’s literary season, the rentrées littéaires 2015.

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The Irish novelist Peter Cunningham has selected RED SKY IN MORNING in the Irish Mail on Sunday as one of his best books of 2015. Under “My Best Read”, Cunningham said, “Lynch is reinventing the way we use language. Red Sky is a mesmerising litany of cadence and inflection laid on a gripping story. Essential reading”.

The French booksellers’ awards has voted The Black Snow as one of the five best international novels published in this year’s rentrée littéraire. Three-hundred booksellers voted from a pool of 205 novels in two categories — French and foreign novels, according to Livres Hebdo.

The best international novels were:

Toni Morrison — Issuances (Bourgois)

Marisha Pessl — Interior Night  (Gallimard)

Jon Kalman Stefansson — Moreover, fish do not have feet of (Gallimard)

Javier Cercas — The Impostor (Actes Sud) 

Paul Lynch — The Black Snow (Albin Michel)