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Author Colm Toibin has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize for the third time.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

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Donal Ryan’s debut novel, The Spinning Heart, has already benefited from his Man Booker longlist nomination. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

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Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. Photograph: David Sleator

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