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The long-list for the Dylan Thomas literary prize has been announced

The longlist for the £30,000 Dylan Thomas literary prize has been revealed.

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma and The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota were among those included on the longlist. Both titles were on the Man Booker shortlist in 2015.

A shortlist of six will be announced in March, with the winner to be announced in May. The £30,000 Prize is awarded to the best published literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.

 Chairman of the judging panel Prof Dai Smith said: "At this stage the only certainty now is that the judges will end up with an exceptionally strong shortlist of six stunningly gifted authors."
 

The long list:

 Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways
Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen 

Claire-Louise Bennett, Pond

Garth Risk Hallberg, City on Fire

Tania James, The Tusk that did the Damage

Frances Leviston, Disinformation

Lisa McInerney, The Glorious Heresies

Andrew McMillan, Physical

Thomas Morris, We Don't Know What We're Doing

Julia Pierpont, Among the Ten Thousand Things

Max Porter, Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Laura van den Berg, Find Me (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

 

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The Year of the Runaways tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of an unlikely family thrown together by circumstance. Thirteen young men live in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India and in search of a new life. The Year of the Runaways is  available in Clipper CD, Playaway and download formats.  

 

 

 

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The Fishermen is the story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria, told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers. At the forbidden nearby river they encounter a madman, who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. The Fishermen is available to pre-order.

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