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Paul Murray shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2023

Paul Murray’s The Bee Sting, a tragicomedy about a family on the brink of financial ruin, is among the six titles shortlisted for this year’s Booker Prize — one of the highest profile awards in literature. Judges said that Paul Murray's book is "at once hilarious and heartbreaking, personal and epic. It’s an addictive read.”

Paul Murray said he was "thrilled and honoured to be included on the Booker shortlist with these five singularly talented writers, including my friend and compatriot Paul Lynch. It’s been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember so this is a moment I will never forget. I have discovered so many wonderful books over the years thanks to the Booker Prize and I’m so humbled that the judges have selected me for their shortlist today. My thanks to them for this recognition and to my publishers for their faith and support.”

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