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Folio Prize Announces Shortlist

Tenth of December by George SaundersOn Monday, 9 February the Folio Prize Chair of Judges William Fiennes, on behalf of the Folio Society, announced the much anticipated shortlist for this year's Folio Prize at the British Library. The prize recognises the best of English language-fiction from all across the globe, no matter the form, genre, or the author's country of origin. 

The Folio Society is a highly regarded publisher of beautiful editions of some of the world's greatest books, and their panel of judges took many months to deliberate on which books they should select.

This year's shortlist includes a rich spread of international voices, as well as both familiar prizewinners and newcomers. Each of the following selected pieces bolsters the role of storytelling as a way of helping us to make sense of the surrounding world.  

'H is for Hawk' is the 2014 Costa Book of the Year

H is for Hawk And the overall winner of the 2014 Costa Book Awards is... H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald! 

Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize, "H is for Hawk is a record of a spiritual journey - an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming. At the same time, it's a kaleidoscopic biography of the brilliant and troubled novelist T. H. White, best known for The Once and Future King . It's a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to try to reconcile death with life and love." (book description).

What the judges said: "A unique and beautiful book with a searing emotional honesty, and descriptive
language that is unparalleled in modern literature."

Costa Book Awards 2014 Category Winners Announced

Costa Book Awards logoThe five category winners of the Costa Book Awards 2014, now in its 43rd year, have been announced and are as follows:

Children's Book Category - 'Five Children on the Western Front' by Kate Saunders.

The Novel Category - 'How to be Both' by Ali Smith.

First Novel Category - 'Elizabeth Is Missing' by Emma Healey.

Biography Category - 'H is for Hawk' by Helen Macdonald.

The Poetry Award - 'My Family and Other Superheroes', a collection by Jonathan Edwards.

Liveline Listener's Top Irish Book of 2014 is...

Tom GilmartinIf you had been listening to Joe Duffy's Liveline programme on RTÉ Radio One today you would have heard Dublin City librarians Alison Lyons and Damien O'Shaughnessy contribute to a wonderful discussion on the top books of 2014. Ex-staff member Hugh Comerford also got a mention by Joe, well done all! 

The programme today of course was given over to a discussion of the candidate books and the selection of the Liveline listener's top Irish Book of 2014. The winner was finally announced at just before 3pm after the listeners' votes were in and counted and, with no further ado, we can reveal that the winner was... 'Tom Gilmartin' by Frank Connolly! Congratulations to Frank on a wonderful win and on producing a very compelling read.

In order of the Listeners' Votes (with links to library catalogue records):

First Ever Young Adult Book Prize Shortlist Announced

YA Book Prize 2015It's so nice to see books written specifically for young adults getting due acknowledgement. Here, in the inaugural Bookseller YA Book Prize, ten such titles by ten different authors have been so acknowledged by their inclusion on the shortlist, with the winner to be announced on the 19th March 2015.

The ten shortlisted titles (with links to the library catalogue where we have them) are:

Goose – Dawn O'Porter (Hot Key Books)
Salvage – Keren David (Atom/Little,Brown)
Only Ever Yours – Louise O'Neill (Quercus)
Ghosts of Heaven – Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)
Trouble – Non Pratt (Walker)
Lobsters – Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen (Chicken House)
Finding a Voice – Kim Hood (O'Brien Press)
Say Her Name - James Dawson (Hot Key Books)
A Song for Ella Grey - David Almond (Hodder Children's Books)
Half Bad – Sally Green (Penguin)

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Winners

Bookcover: Dubliners 100The winners of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards were announced last night, 26 November.

Irish poet Paul Durcan was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award 2014 by Paula Meehan, Ireland Professor of Poetry, and bestselling author Jeffrey Archer was presented with the inaugural International Recognition Award by broadcaster George Hook.

All winning books are available to borrow in our libraries.

Five Irish authors on Longlist for 2015 International IMPAC Dublin

2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award LonglistThe Longlist for the 2015 International IMPAC Literary award has been announced at Dublin City Library and Archive today, Monday, 24th November. The 142 books on the longlist were nominated by libraries in 114 cities and 39 countries worldwide. 49 titles on the longlist are books in translation, spanning 16 languages and 29 are first novels. In this, the 20th year of the award we are delighted that five Irish books have made the longlist.

The five Irish titles nominated are:

2014 CWA Award Winners

CWA logoThe winners in the various categories of the 2014 CWA (Crime Writers' Association) Dagger Awards have (nearly) all been revealed following the recent announcement of the winners in the final categories. Most of the category winners were announced in July, with the Gold, Steel and John Creasey Awards revealed in late October. The winner of the Dagger in the Library Award is. I understand, to be announced in November.
And no, your eyes are not deceiving you, the winners in two categories do share the same title!

I can now reveal (nearly) all of the category winners (each title links to the book's library catalogue entry):

Man Booker Winner is... The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthAustralian Richard Flanagan was last night announced as the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his sixth novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North. His was selected from the six shortlisted titles, the other authors of which came from Britain (3), and the US (2). He becomes only the third-ever Australian to win this coveted prize in its 46-year history, previous Australian winners being Thomas Kenneally and Peter Carey, who won it twice.

The storyline follows an Australian surgeon in a Japanese POW camp in 1943. "In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Burma Death Railway, surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever." (book description)

Whilst otherwise considering the longlist when announced as "uninspiring", Irish Times columnist Eileen Battersby described the book as "one of the finest novels published in English this year", and picked it as the title that "could and should emerge as winner".

2014 Man Booker Shortlist is Announced

Man Booker PrizeThe six shortlisted titles for this year's Man Booker Prize include three by British authors, two by US authors and one by an Australian. So no Irish representative this year, sorry to say, despite the presence of two on the longlist of thirteen ('History of the Rain' by Niall Williams, and 'The Dog' by Joseph O'Neill). You might recall that last year 'The Testament of Mary' by Colm Tóibín was shortlisted.

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