Roddy Doyle, Darina Allen, Paul Howard and Michael Harding named as winners in the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013’

Posted on November 27, 2013 by mathew. More news

Roddy Doyle, Darina Allen, Michael Harding and Paul Howard were some of the winners named at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 held in Dublin this evening.

Esteemed novelist John Banville was presented with the ‘Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award 2013’ by actress Sinéad Cusack for his contribution to Irish literature and a tribute to the late Seamus Heaney was screened during the ceremony which featured accolades from former US President Bill Clinton and Edna O’ Brien.

The Guts by Roddy Doyle beat off stiff competition in the Eason Novel of the Year category which featured novelists Colum McCann, Donal Ryan, Catherine Dunne, Frank McGuiness and Gavin Corbett. Michael Harding’s bestselling memoir Staring at Lakes won in two categories – RTÉ Radio 1’s John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award and National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

Darina Allen’s 30 Years at Ballymaloe was awarded the Avonmore Cookbook of the Year while Paul Howard’s latest book Downturn Abbey was honoured with the International Education Services Popular Fiction Book of the Year.

Other winners announced in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013 were Fintan O’ Toole for A History of Ireland in 100 Objects which won the Best Irish-Published Book of the Year, Louise Philips’ crime novel The Doll’s House scooped the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year award, first time novelist Niamh Boyce was awarded the The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year for The Herbalist, Lance Armstrong exposé Seven Deadly Sins by sports writer David Walsh won the RTÉ Television Sports Book of the Year, and children’s authors Benji Bennett and Derek Landy were awarded the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior and Senior categories).

Billy O’ Callaghan was awarded the inaugural Writing.ie Short Story of the Year award for his short story The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind. This year’s awards also included for the third year running, the ‘Bookshop of the Year Award’, sponsored by Bord Gáis Energy which was awarded to The Clifden Bookshop, Clifden, Co Galway.

This is the eighth year of the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards’, which are dedicated to honouring Irish writers across the entire publishing spectrum. The awards, which were presented by RTÉ’s Keelin Shanley and John Murray, were attended a wealth of people from the Irish book industry, including publishers, booksellers and literary agents, as well as a host of media personalities and shortlisted authors including Frank McGuinness, Tim Pat Coogan, rugby star Johnny Sexton, cooking queen Rachel Allen, sports stars Sean Óg Ó Hailpín and DJ Carey, Michelin star chef Ross Lewis and fiction writers Cathy Kelly and Patricia Scanlan.

For the third year running, RTÉ Television will be broadcasting the highlights of the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards’ on RTÉ One at 10.55pm, Saturday 30 November.  This programme will showcase one of the biggest celebrations of Irish writing with many of Ireland’s most celebrated and loved authors in attendance.

From tomorrow (27 November 2013), the public can vote for their overall ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ by going to www.irishbookawards.ie. Voting is open until midnight 5December. Last year’s winner was Donal Ryan for his debut novel, The Spinning Heart, which has since gone on to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013 and the Guardian First Book Award 2013.

In association with National Book Tokens Caboodle, the new rewards scheme for booklovers, five lucky voters selected will each receive a €50 National Book Token gift card Visit www.nationalbooktokens.com for a full stockist list.

The winners in the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013’ are:

Eason Novel of the Year:

  • The Guts by Roddy Doyle (Jonathan Cape)

RTÉ Radio 1’s John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award:

  •  Staring At Lakes: A Memoir Of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking by Michael Harding (Hachette Ireland)

Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year:

  •  The Doll’s House by Louise Phillips (Hachette Ireland) 

Avonmore Cookbook of the Year:

  • 30 Years at Ballymaloe by Darina Allen (Kyle Books)

National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year:

  • Staring At Lakes: A Memoir Of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking by Michael Harding (Hachette Ireland)

International Education Services Popular Fiction Book of the Year:

  • Downturn Abbey by Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (Penguin Ireland)

RTÉ Television Sports Book of the Year:

  • Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh (Simon and Schuster)

Writing.ie Short Story of the Year:

  • The Things We Lose, The Things We Leave Behind by Billy O’Callaghan (The Things We Lose, the Things We Leave Behind & Other Short Stories, New Island Books)

Bord Gáis Energy Bookshop of the Year:

  • The Clifden Bookshop, Clifden, Co Galway.

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year:

  •  The Herbalist by Niamh Boyce (Penguin Ireland)

Best Irish Published Book of the Year:

  • A History of Ireland in 100 Objects by Fintan O’Toole (Royal Irish Academy)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year:

Junior

  •  When You Were Born by Benji Bennett (AdamsPrinting Press)

Senior

  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy (Harper Collins)

Chairman of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, John Treacy, said: “Irish writers enjoy an international reputation that is second to none and these winners demonstrate why that is so.  It was a wonderful night and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

 David Kirwan, Managing Director at Bord Gáis Energy, commented: “We are delighted to continue to sponsor the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards which acknowledges the cultural importance of the Irish book industry and which celebrates the best of Irish writing. I would like to congratulate all of the winners and indeed all of the shortlisted authors on your fantastic achievement. Well done to you all.”

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