2013 Irish Book Award Winners Announced

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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 winners in the various categories were:

RTÉ Radio 1’s The John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award: 'Staring at Lakes' by Michael Harding

The Eason Novel of the Year: 'The Guts' by Roddy Doyle

The Books Are My Bag Best Irish-published Book of the Year: 'A History Of Ireland in 100 Objects' by Fintan O’Toole

The International Education Services Ltd Popular Fiction Book of the Year: 'Downturn Abbey' by Ross O’Carroll Kelly

The Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year: 'The Doll's House' by Louise Philips

Staring at Lakes The Guts A History of Ireland in 100 Objects  Downturn Abbey The Doll's House

The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year: 'The Herbalist' by Niamh Boyce

The Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Jnr.: 'When You Were Born' by Benji Bennett

The Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Snr: 'Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men' by Derek Landy

The RTÉ Television Sports Book of the Year 'Seven Deadly Sins' by David Walsh

The Avonmore Cookbook of the Year: '30 Years of Ballymaloe' by Darina Allen

The Bord Gáis Energy Bookshop of the Year: The Clifden Bookshop, Clifden, Co. Galway

The Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award: John Banville

The Herbalist 'When You Were Born' by Benji Bennett Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men Seven Deadly Sins 30 Years at Ballymaloe

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