Saturday 24 March 2018

'I am thrilled, strengthened and frankly improved' - Sebastian Barry wins Independent Bookshop Week Book Award for Days Without End

Sebastian Barry at Gutter Bookshop Dalkey
Sebastian Barry at Gutter Bookshop Dalkey
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Sebastian Barry has just been announced as the winner of the annual IBW Book Award for his novel Days Without End.

It's the second consecutive year the award has gone to an Irish writer in the adult category after Anne Enright won last year for The Green Road.

Speaking about his win, Barry said, "If books constitute a magical religion that doesn't persecute anyone, then obviously a bookshop is a radiant chapel of that religion.

"In this strange new world the importance of books and bookshops has taken a quantum leap. I am thrilled, strengthened and frankly improved by receiving this award from this Atlas-like sector of society -- may independent bookshops thrive, and indeed be nurtured, till the end of time.”

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Sebastian Barry & Marta Starosta, manager of Gutter Bookshop Dalkey

The winner of the Children’s award was A Poem for Every Night of the Year by Allie Esiri, and winner of the Picture Book category was Tidy by Emily Gravett.

The award is judged by a panel of authors, booksellers and journalists ahead of Independent Bookshop Week which kicks off tomorrow, June 24, until July 1.

The event aims to celebrate independent bookshops in the UK and Ireland with events, celebrations, storytelling, author events and more.  More than 50 shops across Ireland are participating this year.

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