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Paul Murray wins inaugural Nero Gold Prize Book of the Year 2024

Paul Murray has won the £30,000 inaugural Nero Gold Prize Book of the Year for The Bee Sting (Hamish Hamilton), described as “a gripping saga of one highly dysfunctional family that asks if a single moment of bad luck – a patch of ice on the road, a bee caught beneath a bridal veil – can change the direction of a life”. Chair of judges Bernardine Evaristo presented Murray with the prize, describing The Bee Sting as a “wonderfully ambitious and entrancing novel about a family imploding, against a background of Ireland’s economic and social crisis of the late Noughties”.  

Receiving the award Paul Murray said: "what an incredible honour, I’m really speechless" and, visibly emotional, dedicated the award to his father, who is unwell at the moment and wasn’t able to make the ceremony. He told journalists: "It’s the first Nero Prize [...] so there will never be another first winner, so that’s really wonderful and it’s a tremendous honour."

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