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GRACE nominated for French European book prize

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


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