Kevin Barry’s Night Boat to Tangier longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize
Irish writer Kevin Barry’s Night Boat to Tangier has been longlisted for this year’s Booker Prize. The tale of two Irish gangsters reminiscing about good times and bad has been praised for its moral strength: for combining Barry’s trademark humour with gravitas and emotional depth.
The longlist also includes Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, and Lucy Ellmann’s Ducks, Newburyport – a 1000 page novel consisting of a single sentence.
The longlist in full:
Margaret Atwood (Canada) – The Testaments (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
Kevin Barry (Ireland) – Night Boat to Tangier (Canongate Books)
Oyinkan Braithwaite (UK/Nigeria) – My Sister, The Serial Killer (Atlantic Books)
Lucy Ellmann (USA/UK) – Ducks, Newburyport (Galley Beggar Press)
Bernardine Evaristo (UK) – Girl, Woman, Other (Hamish Hamilton)
John Lanchester (UK) – The Wall (Faber & Faber)
Deborah Levy (UK) – The Man Who Saw Everything (Hamish Hamilton)
Valeria Luiselli (Mexico/Italy) – Lost Children Archive (4th Estate)
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – An Orchestra of Minorities (Little Brown)
Max Porter (UK) – Lanny (Faber & Faber)
Salman Rushdie (UK/India) – Quichotte (Jonathan Cape)
Elif Shafak (UK/Turkey) – 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World (Viking)
Jeanette Winterson (UK) – Frankissstein (Jonathan Cape)
About Night Boat to Tangier:
It’s late one night at the Spanish port of Algeciras and two fading Irish gangsters are waiting on the boat from Tangier. A lover has been lost, a daughter has gone missing, their world has come asunder – can it be put together again?
Night Boat to Tangier is a novel drenched in sex and death and narcotics, in sudden violence and old magic. But above all, it is a book obsessed with the mysteries of love. A tragicomic masterwork from the award-winning Kevin Barry, Night Boat to Tangier is a work of melancholy beauty, wit and lyrical brilliance.
‘A true wonder’ Max Porter
‘A blackly comic journey into the abyss’ Guardian
‘Read this wonder of a novel’ Jon McGregor
‘A masterpiece delivered by a glittering talent at the peak of his powers’ Big Issue
Order your copy online here.