Anne Enright’s ‘The Green Road’ is the only Irish book on the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist. Photograph: Alan Betson

A lone Irish writer and one previous winner are among the 10 contenders battling, politely, for the International Dublin Literary Award. This year’s s(...)

Viet Thanh Nguyen: the abiding power of the eight intelligent, crafted stories that form The Refugees collection  is his reading of human nature in domestic situations. Photograph:  Oriana Koren/The New York Times

A Vietnamese woman living again with her now widowed mother recalls the terror of being crammed onto an overloaded fishing vessel as her parents fled (...)