Harvest by Jim Crace wins the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award

17 June 2015

We’re thrilled that Jim Crace’s tenth novel, Harvest, has won the 2015 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. As well as being the world’s largest prize for a single novel, it is also special for the fact that the winner is chosen from nominations received from public libraries around the world. 

Harvest was chosen from a total of 142 titles, nominated by public libraries in 114 cities in 39 countries.  The shortlist of ten novels, as chosen by an international panel of judges, included novels from five continents. Jim Crace is the fourth British author to win the prize in its 20 year history.

This is the third significant award win for Harvest since publication in 2013.  In addition to winning James Tait Black Award and Windham–Campbell Literature Prize in 2014, it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize in 2013 and for the Walter Scott Prize in 2014.

Set in an unspecified time in the past, in a green corner of England, Harvest is the story of the last days of a village and the death of an age-old way of life.

Kate Harvey, Editorial Director at Picador and Jim’s editor, said: “It’s thrilling to see Jim Crace’s Harvest honoured by a prize with the international reach and history of the IMPAC. Jim’s imagination is a rich place and he shares it with such passion and skill, particularly in this his tenth novel, which has an intensity of feeling that readers have found irresistible. Jim is a storyteller in the most consummate sense: we follow him wherever he wants to take us, and return with our own world that bit larger, too. We’re incredibly proud to publish him.”



The judges commented: “At times, Harvest reads like a long prose poem; it plays on the ear like a river of words. But then again, Jim Crace is a consummate wordsmith; his understanding of human nature is uncanny and he never drops a stitch from start to finish. All human life is here: its graces and disgraces and there is life too in every small stone, flower and blade of grass. A powerful and compelling novel, Harvest is a worthy winner of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.”

Commenting on his win, Jim Crace said: “It has been an overwhelming surprise and a delight to discover that my latest book has won the IMPAC DUBLIN award. Harvest proved to be a generous novel in the writing. Readers and critics were more than generous in their responses. And now, thanks to the further generosity of a whole wide-world network of book-loving strangers, Harvest has struck lucky again – it will be included in the distinguished and twenty-year-long list of fiction honoured by this truly international and discriminating award. No writer could hope for more than that.”

Jim Crace, who now lives in Worcestershire, was born in Hertfordshire and grew up in North London. He is the author of ten previous novels and the recipient of numerous literary awards. These include Continent, winner of the 1986 Whitbread First Novel Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize and Quarantine which was shortlisted for the IMPAC award in 1999 and was winner of the 1986 Whitbread Novel of the Year. In the same year it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, whilst Being Dead won the 2001 National Critics Circle Award.

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