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Who is Paul Lynch? Irish writer wins Booker Prize with dystopian novel ‘Prophet Song’

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London, Nov 27: Paul Lynch, Irish writer won the 2023 Booker Prize on Sunday for his novel ‘Prophet Song’.

Who is Paul Lynch? Irish writer wins Booker Prize with dystopian novel 'Prophet Song'

Esi Edugyan, chair of the Booker’s 2023 judges, said, “From that first knock at the door, ‘Prophet Song’ forces us out of our complacency as we follow the terrifying plight of a woman seeking to protect her family in an Ireland descending into totalitarianism.”

“This is a triumph of emotional storytelling, bracing and brave.”


Who is Paul Lynch?

Paul Lynch, was previously the chief film critic of Ireland’s Sunday Tribune newspaper.

He became the fifth Irish author to win the Booker Prize, after Iris Murdoch, John Banville, Roddy Doyle and Anne Enright, the organisers of the competition said.

Lynch is the internationally-acclaimed, prize-winning author of five novels: PROPHET SONG, BEYOND THE SEA, GRACE, THE BLACK SNOW and RED SKY IN MORNING

He is also the winner of the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year 2018, among other prizes.

‘Prophet Song’ is published in the UK by Oneworld which also won the prize in 2015 and 2016 with Marlon James’s ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ and Paul Beatty’s ‘The Sellout.’

He was born in Limerick in 1977, and grew up in Co Donegal, and lives in Dublin.


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