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Why the Man Booker rule change could revolutionise Ireland’s literary culture

The Irish market follows the Man Booker closely. Now, the rule change we campaigned for will encourage authors to publish their books at home

By Lisa Coen & Sarah Davis-Goff  

The Lilliput Press. The Man Booker rule change could have a significant impact on Irish publishing. Photo: Author William Murphy

Yesterday, the Man Booker Prize committee announced that, from 2018 onwards, Irish publishers will be eligible to submit their titles for the prestigious literary award for the first time in its history. This exciting development has led to a couple of reactions: cheers from Irish publishers and Irish-published authors, as well as fans of great writing in general, and also confusion about what all the fuss was about.

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