Shortlist for ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013’ Revealed

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The ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013’ shortlist announced today features a diverse array of acclaimed writers including Roddy DoyleColm McCannCatherine DunneDarina AllenDonal Ryan and Frank McGuiness.

This year’s rich and varied shortlist also includes memoirs from celebrated media personalities such as Eamon Dunphy and UK comedian Jennifer Saunders, sporting figures such as hurling legends DJ Carey and Seán Óg Ó hAilpínrugby legend Johnny Sexton as well as new works from Ireland’s much loved fiction writers Patricia ScanlanClaudia CarrollCathy Kelly and newcomer Rachael English.

The 2013 awards also include a brand new category – the ‘Writing.ie Short Story of the Year’. The Irish short story has a distinctive place in the modern Irish literary landscape and is a welcome new category in this year’s ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards’, with the inaugural call for submissions garnering a large number of entries.

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 full shortlist, which is outlined below, was selected from a panel of industry experts. The awards were open to any title published between 1st November 2012 and 31st October 2013.

This year’s awards also includes for the third year running, the category of the ‘Bookshop of the Year Award’, sponsored by Bord Gáis Energy which honours the wonderful work of booksellers throughout Ireland. This year over 10,000 votes were cast by the public for their favourite bookstores.

The public are being asked to cast their vote on the best books via the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards website www.bgeirishbookawards.ie. Votes can be cast until midnight 21 November 2013 and the winners will be announced at a gala event in The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (formerly The Burlington) on Tuesday, 26 November.

For the third year running, RTÉ Television will be broadcasting the highlights of the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards’ on RTÉ One on 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.

The ‘Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013’ shortlist is as follows:

Eason Novel of the Year:

  • Arimathea by Frank McGuinness (Brandon Books/O’Brien Press)
  • The Guts by Roddy Doyle (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Things We Know Now by Catherine Dunne (Pan Macmillan)
  • Transatlantic by Colum  McCann (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • The Thing About December by Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland/Lilliput)
  • This Is The Way by Gavin Corbett (Fourth Estate)

International Education Services Ltd Popular Fiction Book of the Year:

  • Downturn Abbey by Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (Penguin Ireland)
  • Mad About You by Sinead Moriarty (Penguin Ireland)
  • With All My Love by Patricia Scanlan (Simon and Schuster)
  • The Honey Queen by Cathy Kelly (HarperCollins)
  • Me and You by Claudia Carroll (Avon Books, Harper Collins)
  • A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill (Simon and Schuster)

Non-Fiction Book of the Year:

  • The Rocky Road by Eamon Dunphy (Penguin Ireland)
  • Fatal Path by Ronan Fanning (Faber and Faber)
  • Growing Up So High by Sean O’Connor (Hachette Ireland)
  • Staring At Lakes: A Memoir Of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking by Michael Harding (Hachette Ireland)
  • The Famine Plot by Tim Pat Coogan (Palgrave Macmillan)
  • Price Of Power: Inside Ireland’s Crisis Coalition by Pat Leahy (Penguin Ireland)

Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year:

  • The Twelfth Department by William Ryan (Pan Macmillan/Mantle)
  • The Convictions Of John Delahunt by Andrew Hughes (Doubleday Ireland)
  • The Doll’s House by Louise Phillips (Hachette Ireland)
  • Inquest by Paul Carson (Century)
  • The Stranger You Know by Jane Casey (Ebury Press)
  • Irregulars by Kevin McCarthy (New Island Books)

The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year:

  • Ghost Moth by Michele Forbes (Orion)
  • Going Back by Rachael English (Orion)
  • The Gamal by Ciaran Collins (Bloomsbury)
  • The Herbalist by Niamh Boyce (Penguin Ireland)
  • Young Skins by Colin Barrett (The Stinging Fly Press)
  • Red Sky In The Morning by Paul Lynch (Quercus)

The Avonmore Cookbook of the Year:

  • Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food by Kevin Dundon (Mitchell Beazley)
  • Chapter One by Ross Lewis (Gill and Macmillan)
  • 30 Years at Ballymaloe by Darina Allen (Kyle Books)
  • Rachel’s Everyday Kitchen by Rachel Allen (Harper NonFiction)
  • The Weekend Chef by Catherine Fulvio (Gill and Macmillan)
  • The Nation’s Favourite Food by Neven Maguire (Gill and Macmillan)

The Sports Book of the Year:

  • The Autobiography by Seán Óg Ó hAilpín (Penguin Ireland)
  • Becoming a Lion by Johnny Sexton (Penguin Ireland)
  • Tick, Tock, Ten by Gerry Duffy (Ballpoint Press)
  • Hunger by Sean Kelly (Peloton Publishing)
  • Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh (Simon and Schuster)
  • DJ by DJ Carey (Blackwater Press)

Best Irish Published Book of the Year:

  • Harry Clarke: The Life And Work by Nicola Gordon Bowe (The History Press Ireland)
  • Secrets Of The Irish Landscape by Matthew Jebb (Cork University Press)
  • Vanishing Ireland: Friendship and Community by James Fennell and Turtle Bunbury (Hachette Ireland)
  • A History of Ireland in 100 Objects by Fintan O’Toole (Royal Irish Academy)
  • ICA Book of Home and Family by ICA (Gill and Macmillan)
  • A Portrait of Dublin in Maps by Muiris De Buitlear (Gill and Macmillan)

The Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior):

  • Stay Where You Are And Then Leave by John Boyne (Doubleday Childrens)
  • Eva and the Hidden Diary by Judi Curtin (The O’Brien Press)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy (Harper Collins)
  • The Keeper by Darragh Martin (Little Island)

 The Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior):

  •  When You Were Born by Benji Bennett (AdamsPrinting Press)
  • How Cuchulainn Got his Name (In A Nutshell Series) by Ann Carroll (Poolbeg Press)
  • Brave Beast by Chris Judge (Andersen Press)
  • A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy (Walker Books)

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

  • The Son by Philipp Meyer (Simon and Schuster)
  • Bonkers, My Life in Laughs by Jennifer Saunders (Viking)
  • The Rocky Road by Eamon Dunphy (Penguin Ireland)
  • Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding (Hachette Ireland)
  • Instructions For A Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder)
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little Brown)

Writing.ie Short Story of the Year:

  • A Different Country by Danielle McLaughlin (The Stinging Fly, Issue 26 Volume Two)
  • How I Beat the Devil by Paul Murray (Town and Country: New Irish Short Stories, Faber and Faber)
  • 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)
  • Soft Rain by Trisha McKinney (RTE Guide/Penguin Short Story Competition)
  • Bait by Colin Barrett (Young Skins, Stinging Fly Press)
  • The Day Things Changed by Niamh O’Connor (If I was a Child Again, Poolbeg Press)

The shortlisted bookshops, which were drawn from a nationwide public vote, are:

The Bord Gáis Energy Bookshop of the Year

  •  Ulster Region: Crannóg Bookshop, Cavan Town
  • Munster Region: Whyte Books, Schull, Co Cork
  • Leinster Region: Bridge Street Books, Wicklow Town
  • Connacht Region: The Clifden Bookshop, Clifden, Co Galway
  • Greater Dublin Region: Village Books, Malahide, Co Dublin

Chairman of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, John Treacy, said:

“Despite challenging economic conditions, despite massive structural change, our industry continues to bring to the Irish reading public a range of fantastic books to enjoy. This year’s shortlists offer over sixty wonderful titles across a broad range of genres and we at The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards are proud to champion Irish writers and urge readers to cast their votes in the online voting campaign.”

David Kirwan, Managing Director at Bord Gáis Energy, commented:

“Bord Gáis Energy is delighted to continue to sponsor the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards and to help recognise the importance and contribution of the Irish book industry to Irish cultural life. Our customers have told us that books and reading are really important to them and as such we are proud to support these awards because they recognise all that is great about the Irish literary industry. I’d like to congratulate all of the nominees for making the shortlist and wish them all the very best of luck.”

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