book awards

Debut Novel Wins Costa Book Award

The Shock of the FallThe Costa Book of the Year 2013 overall winner is the debut novel, 'The Shock of the Fall' by Nathan Filer (Harper Collins Publishers).

As the judges had to say - "It’s hard to believe this is a first novel – it’s so good it will make you feel a better person."

About the Book

The Shock of the Fall tells the story of Matthew and Simon, two brothers who are separated yet united by a tragic accident. Exploring themes of loss, grief and mental illness, this extraordinary novel transports the reader directly into the mind of Matthew and his slow descent into madness as he confronts his role in the boyhood death of his older brother ten years ago..

Belfast Poet Sinéad Morrissey wins the TS Eliot Prize!

Sinéad MorrisseyBelfast poet Sinéad Morrissey was last night named as the winner of the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for Poetry for her latest collection 'Parallax'. This is her fifth collection and it was chosen from a shortlist of ten. With her win she collects a prize of £15,000.

ParallaxSinéad Morrissey is reader in creative writing at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University and the city’s inaugural Poet Laureate. Born in 1972 in County Armagh, she is the author of five poetry collections - There was fire in Vancouver (1996), 'Between Here and There' (2002), 'The State of the Prisons'(2005), 'Through the Square Window' (2009) and 'Parallax' (2013). The last four have all been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Costa Book Awards 2013 Category Winners Announced!

Costa Book Awards logoThe five category winners of the Costa Book Awards 2013 have been announced and include novelist and former winner Kate Atkinson. Her category win (Costa Novel Award) with her eight novel, 'Life after Life', comes 19 years after she won the overall Costa prize for her debut novel, 'Behind The Scenes At The Museum'. 'Life After Life' follows Ursula Todd, born in England during a snowstorm in 1910, as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again.

2013 Irish Book Award Winners Announced

John BanvilleThe BORD GÁIS Energy Irish Book Award winners were announced last night.

Authors Roddy Doyle, Darina Allen, Paul Howard and Michael Harding were among the winners in the various categories.

Children’s writers Benji Bennett and Derek Landy, newcomer Niamh Boyce, crime writer Louise Philips, sports writer David Walsh, short story writer Billy O’ Callaghan and Fintan O’Toole were also honoured at the gala ceremony held in Dublin.

Esteemed novelist John Banville (left, image source) 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 Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year is... The Doll's House!

The Doll's HouseThe Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year is... 'The Doll's House' by Louise Phillips!

The winning books in each category of the Irish Book Awards were announced tonight.

This Dublin-based psychological thriller, published in August 2013, is the second novel from Phillips. It features criminal psychologist Kate Pearson and DI O’Connor.

Louise Phillips' debut novel, 'Red Ribbons', was shortlisted for the 2012 Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award.

2014 Dublin Literary Award Longlist Announcement

2014 Dublin Literary Award logoThe 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award was launched today, 11th November, by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, Patron of the Award. (see video below)

Crime Thriller Award Winners Announced

Specsavers Crime Thriller AwardsLast night saw the winners announced in the various TV, film and book categories of the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013. The Awards grew out of a new TV series about crime writing on ITV3 called the Crime Thriller Club which was first aired in September. The Awards were presented in conjunction with the Crime Writers' Association (CWA).

The winners of the 2013 Awards are as follows:

CWA Goldsboro Gold Dagger for the Best Crime Novel of the Year: 'Dead Lions' by Mick Herron (Soho Press) (sorry, title not yet in stock)

CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for the Best First Book by previously unpublished writer: 'Norwegian by Night' by Derek B. Miller (Faber and Faber)

The Luminaries wins the Man Booker Prize

The LuminariesEleanor Catton, a 28-year old New Zealander born in Canada, has become the youngest ever winner of the £50,000 Man Booker Prize with her novel 'The Luminaries'. And The Luminaries, at some 832 pages, has become the longest ever novel to win the Award. Catton becomes only the second ever New Zealander to win the prize (following Keri Hulme with 'The Bone People' in 1985).

The Luminaries is a murder mystery set in a New Zealand gold mining town in 1866. Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of twelve local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a prostitute has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky. 

Irish Debut Novelists as Award Contenders

A Girl is a Half-Formed ThingWith the news just out that the debut novel of Irish author Eimear McBride has been shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize, I got thinking about how much of an impact Irish authors have been making of late, most particularly first-time novelists. Eimear's book, 'A Girl is a Half-formed Thing', had in fact been rejected by publishers for a good number of years until Galley Beggar Press took a chance on it, a book other publishers thought too experimental. And of course, appropriately enough, the new literary award that is the Goldsmiths Prize is awarded to fiction that "breaks the mould and opens up new possibilities for the novel form" (site quote).

Man Booker Shortlist Announced - Tóibín Included

The Testament of Mary

The Man Booker shortlist of six titles has just been announced and includes The Testament of Mary by Irish author Colm Tóibín. The other five titles on the shortlist are:

'The Testament of Mary' Book Description: "In a voice that is both tender and filled with rage, 'The Testament of Mary' tells the story of a cataclysmic event which led to an overpowering grief. For Mary, her son has been lost to the world, and now, living in exile and in fear, she tries to piece together the memories of the events that led to her son's brutal death."

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