Jim Crace has won the €100,000 IMPAC prize for his novel, Harvest.
The UK author of ten novels was chosen from a shortlist that included Colm Mc Cann, Hannah Kent and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Jim Crace, speaking at the awards held in the Mansion House, expressed his, “overwhelming surprise and delight” at winning, and spoke of the importance of support from those in the industry, from editors to publishers and booksellers. ”Writing is a solitary act that needs a community of support.”
The Harvest is set in medieval times and tells the story of a rural community as they deal with the breaking up of their land.
The judges praised Crace for his work. “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.”
Crace is the forth Briton to claim the prize which is now in its 20th year and is organised by Dublin City Council. It is the largest prize for a single novel published in English.