Wow. Love to see stories like this one. Michael Thomas unseats some huge names to take home the IMPAC Dublin Prize.
A debut novelist who says he's never really had a proper job has won the world's richest literary award. American writer Michael Thomas beat authors including Philip Roth, Doris Lessing and Joyce Carol Oates to take the €100,000 (£85,000) Impac Dublin prize with his debut novel, Man Gone Down.