Sunday 17 December 2017

Dunphy 'humbled' as his bestselling 'Rocky Road' nominated for two awards

DJ Carey and Eamon Dunphy
DJ Carey and Eamon Dunphy

John Spain Books Editor

LOVE him or hate, he's proving popular among readers.

Eamon Dunphy's memoir 'The Rocky Road' made not one, but two of the shortlists for this year's Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards – the only book to do so in 2013.

The author was present at the announcement of the shortlists in Dublin and said he was "amazed and humbled" by the generous reception given by both critics and readers to his book, which has become a huge bestseller.

Dunphy is shortlisted both in the Non-Fiction Book of the Year category as well as the John Murray Show Listeners' Choice category.

Those attending the unveiling of the shortlists included many of the big names in the literary world, including Darina Allen, Paul Howard (Ross O'Carroll Kelly), Rachael English, Donal Ryan, Frank McGuinness, Tim Pat Coogan, Ronan Fanning, Derek Landy, Kevin Dundon and Cathy Kelly.

There are six books on the shortlist in each of a dozen categories, which means that a significant number of the better books published in the past year get on one of the lists.

But, inevitably, there will be arguments over who is in and who has been left out in each category.

In the Eason Novel of the Year category, at least two of the books on the shortlist are ones that would be marginal choices even for literary readers.

The shortlists are compiled by a mysterious group referred to as a "panel of industry experts", which remains anonymous.

Apart from Dunphy's book, this year's shortlists include memoirs from sporting figures such as hurling legends DJ Carey and Sean Og O hAilpin and rugby star Johnny Sexton, as well as popular fiction books from Patricia Scanlan and Claudia Carroll.

In the 'Sunday Independent' Newcomer category, 'The Herbalist' by Niamh Boyce is nominated. while 'Chapter One' by Ross Lewis is nominated in the Avonmore Cookbook of the Year category.

This is the eighth year of the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards, which are dedicated to honouring Irish writers across the publishing spectrum.

From today, the public are being asked to cast their votes on the best books at

The winners will be announced at a gala event in The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (formerly The Burlington) on Tuesday, November 26.

RTE will be broadcasting the highlights of the awards on Saturday, November 30.

Irish Independent

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