book awards

Two Irish authors on Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Longlist

Baileys Women's Prize for FictionCongratulations to Anne Enright and Lisa McInerney on being longlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. The longlist also features strong contenders Kate Atkinson, Elizabeth Strout and Hanya Yanagihara.

In The Green Road, Enright tells the story of the Madigan family, mother Rosaleen and her adult children Dan, Emmet, Constance and Hanna who have gathered at home for Christmas for the first time in years. Enright first introduces us to each character when they are younger, more innocent and less damaged: Hanna as a schoolgirl, Dan enjoying the freedom of the New York art scene of the 1990s, Constance, the only sibling to have stayed in Ireland, raising her young family; and Emmet, an aid worker in Mali. When they reunite in 2005 they are very different people and the reader must ponder what life has meant to each in the intervening years. 

The Glorious Heresies is Lisa McInerney's first novel, though you may have come across her writing as Sweary Lady in her witty blog The Arse End of Ireland which she wrote from 2006. McInerney's debut is set in post-boom Cork and her protagonists inhabit the darker edge of society; Ryan, a 15 year old drug dealer and his alcoholic father, Georgie, a prostitute; and Maureen, whose son is a gangster, has just accidentally murdered someone.  McInerney's energetic comic style and her interesting characters lift the book from its setting and make for a colourful, fresh read.

CBI Book of Year Award Shortlist Revealed

CBI Book of the Year Awards 2016Children's Books Ireland has announced the shortlist for their 2016 Book of the Year Awards. The awards celebrate the very best in Irish children's literature. They are open to any children's book written in English or Irish by Irish born or resident authors and illustrators.

The 2016 shortlist covers titles for all ages, from charming picture books for the youngest book lovers, to young adult fiction with dark and difficult themes. It features previous CBI Book of the Year winners Oliver Jeffers (Once Upon an Alphabet, 2015) and  John Boyne (The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 2007). Louise O'Neill's Asking For It has already gathered praise and generated much discussion since it was published last year and in December it was chosen by public vote as the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2015.

Walter Scott Prize Longlist Announced

Mrs EngelsDublin-born author Gavin McCrea's debut novel 'Mrs Engels' has been longlisted along with twelve other books for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Founded in 2010, the prize is awarded for "writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past". Eligible books must have been first published in the UK, Ireland or Commonwealth in the preceding year.

The winner of the Walter Scott Prize receives st£25,000, making it is one of the largest literary awards in the UK.

The longlist is:-

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015 winners announced

Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2015Anne Enright, Louise O'Neill, Joe Duffy, Sinead Moriarty and Niall Breslin are among the winners at this year's awards celebrating the best in Irish books.

Don't forget you can vote for your overall book of the year until 17th December. Visit the Award website to register your vote.

Irish American novelist and playwright J.P. Donleavy was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award. A film adaptation of Donleavy's first book The Ginger Man (1955) is currently in development.

Here's the full list of winners (with links to our catalogue):-

Guardian First Book Award 2015 shortlist announced

shortlistYet another book award I hear you say! Well, with so many book awards out there, it's hard to avoid reading about them, particularly at the moment, what with longlist, shortlist and winner announcements making the headlines everywhere. And I make no apologies for writing award-related posts here, for there are few if any better ways of showcasing books and reading than to highlight those titles that rise to the top in the eyes of judges and title nominators alike. A list of books in contention for one award or another can serve you well when looking for your next read; it can be interesting too to then compare your view with the views of those who nominate books, reviewers and award judges alike.

Two Irish Authors on Costa Book Awards Shortlists

Costa logoIrish authors Anne Enright and Sara Baume have both had books shortlisted in the 2015 Costa Book Awards. Enright's novel 'The Green Road' is shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Novel Award, while Baume's debut novel 'Spill Simmer Falter Wither' is shortlisted for the 2015 Costa First Novel Award.

The Costa shortlists, of which there are five, were announced on Wednesday, 18 November. The category winners will be announced on the 4 January 2016 and will each receive £,5000, while the Costa Book of the Year will be announced on the 26 January, the winner receiving £30,000. Last year's winning book was 'H is for Hawk' by Helen Macdonald.

Irish Author Kevin Barry Strikes Gold!

Kevin BarryCongrats to Kevin Barry on being declared winner of The Goldsmiths Prize for Fiction for his fictional account of Beatle John Lennon's trip to Ireland, 'Beatlebone'. And to think the book has only just hit the shelves, being shortlisted as it was in advance of its public release! The prize is worth st£10,000 to the winner.

About Beatlebone:  "A famous musician's (John Lennon) 1978 pilgrimage to an island off the west coast of Ireland takes several detours, abetted by his memories and his minder, in this original, lyrical, genre-challenging work... Nothing at all like Barry's award-winning debut novel, this may be a risky follow-up, but it's intriguing at every turn, and Barry's prose can be as mesmerizing as some of his hero's songs." Kirkus Review

Irish Crime Fiction Award Time!

Unravelling OliverThe Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards shortlists were announced on Thursday (5th Nov) , and one of the categories I'm delighted to say is crime fiction. I wrote back in October 2013  about how Irish Crime Fiction (was) in a Healthy State, and I think it safe to say that hasn't changed.

Right: Last year's winner, Unravelling Oliver by Liz Nugent

This year's shortlist is:-

Irish Book Awards 2015 shortlists announced

Academy StreetIt's that time of year again, when the eagerly awaited shortlists for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards are announced. In all, there are eleven adult categories and two children's categories, so that is a lot of books to choose from! And when you add in the fact that the International Dublin Literary Award 2016 longlist is to be announced on Monday, then you will have a huge selection to choose from when deciding on Christmas presents and your library reading material over the next year! We just love books!

Right: Last year's overall winner, Academy Street by Mary Costello

The Irish Book Award categories and shortlisted titles are as follows (with links to our catalogue):-

Young Reader Power!

CBA logoToday say the announcement of the shortlist for The Children’s Book Award 2016! This UK award is the only literary award chosen and voted for entirely by children.  Previous winners include JK Rowling, Patrick Ness, Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo, the latter having already won the Award three times and in line to add to that total!

The awards has three categories: books for younger children, books for younger readers and books for older readers. The books on the shortlists were chosen by children who read and voted for the books at events across the UK. The full shortlist in each category is as follows (with links to our catalogue):-