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Monday, May 17, 1999 Published at 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK


World: Europe

British author wins richest literary prize


A British author, Andrew Miller, has won the world's most valuable literary prize for a single work of fiction with his first novel, "Ingenious Pain" -- a story about an eighteenth century man who is unable to feel pain.

The Irish-based prize -- the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award -- is worth one-hundred-and-fifty thousand dollars.

Mr Miller was chosen from a list nominated by more than a hundred public libraries in fifty countries around the world. Correspondents say the IMPAC award was launched three years ago in a drive to highlight Dublins reputation as a literary capital.

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