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Hard Border shortlisted for the 2018 Michel Deon Prize

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Hard Border: Walking through a Century of Irish Partition by Darach MacDonald has been shortlisted for the inaugural Michel Deon Prize for non-fiction! 

The six books on the shortlist for the 2018 Michel Déon Prize are:

  • I Found my Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice (Chatto & Windus)
  • The Vanquished: Why the First Word War Failed to End by Robert Gerwarth (Allen Lane)
  • Hard Border: Walking through a Century of Partition by Darach MacDonald (New Island)
  • The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland by Breandán MacSuibhne (Oxford University Press)
  • The Popular Mind in Eighteenth-century Ireland by Vincent Morley (Cork University Press)
  • Notes to Self: Essays by Emilie Pine (Tramp Press)

Over 240 titles were nominated through the RIA’s website and the judging panel made their choice from the eligible titles. In shortlisting the titles they were looking for originality; quality of writing and contribution to knowledge and/or public debate. The €10,000 prize for the winning author is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The author will also get the opportunity to give ‘The Michel Déon Lecture’ in France in early 2019.

The winner will be announced at an event in early December 2018.

For full details of the prize visit


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