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|Paul Murray was born in Dublin in 1975. A former bookseller, he was educated at Trinity College Dublin and took a master's degree in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His novel An Evening of Long Goodbyes was shortlisted for the 2003 Whitbread Prize for First Novel and nominated for The Kerry Irish Fiction Award. His second novel, Skippy Dies, was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, the Irish Book Award and, in the US, the National Book Critic Circle’s Prize. It was number three in Time magazine’s top ten books of 2010. Despite being Irish, Paul was named one of Britain's 20 Best Novelists Under 40 by the Daily Telegraph.|