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Shortlist for the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Announced

ShortlistBook award announcements are coming thick and fast right now, what with the recent announcements of the Desmond Elliott Prize longlist, the Carnegie and Greenaway shortlists and the YA Book Prize shortlist. And, lest we forget, the International Dublin Literary Award shortlist will be announced next Tuesday!

So no surprise if we update you on yet another book award, this time the Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year Award, the shortlist of which has just been revealed, the winner to be declared during Listowel Writers' Week (1-5 June 2016). The shortlist reads like a Who's Who of modern Irish writers - Banville, Barry, Enright, O'Brien, I don't envy the judges picking one of these above the others. And lets not be unfair to the fifth name on the list, that of debutant Austin Duffy, who may lay some claim to fame of his own as winner of  RTÉ’s Francis MacManus award for his short story, Orca. His is the only first novel on the shortlist, which is as follows:-

Three Irish Authors on Desmond Elliott Prize Longlist

Desmond Elliott Prize 2016Novels by Lisa McInerney, Gavin McCrea and Sara Baume have been named on Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 longlist. Now in its ninth year the Prize is awarded to a debut novel written in English and published in the UK. It is named after charismatic literary agent and publisher, Desmond Elliott who was a champion of new writers. Previous winners include Clare Fuller's Our Endless Numbered Days (2015) and A Girl is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride (2014).

Carnegie and Greenaway Shortlists Announced

Carnegie & Greenaway medalsWe are delighted to see Irish literary talent featuring on award shortlists once again! This time congratulations are due to Oliver Jeffers and Sarah Crossan, as their fabulous books have made it onto the prestigious Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists. Oliver Jeffers' beautiful picture book Once upon an Alphabet is a book to buy and treasure.  Sarah Crossan's remarkable young adult novel One has already been named on the CBI Book Awards and YA Book Prize shortlists.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. While the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children's librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people. The winners will be announced on 20 June 2016.

Two Irish authors on YA Book Prize Shortlist

Young Adult Book Prize 2016Congratulations to talented Irish authors Louise O'Neill and Sarah Crossan who have been shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016 for their novels 'Asking For It' and 'One'.  Both of these critically acclaimed books have been popping up regularly on shortlists, and 'Asking For It' was recently voted the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year, 2015.  Louise O'Neill has already scooped this award, having won the inaugural YA Book Prize in 2015 for 'Only Ever Yours'. Can she make it two years in a row? We wish both Louise and Sarah the very best of luck!

The YA Book Prize is for YA authors based in the UK and Ireland and the winner will be announced on 2 June 2016.

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.