Monday 22 January 2018

Graham Norton, Jilly Cooper, Pippa O'Connor and Jason Byrne among shortlist for Bord Gais Book Awards

Graham Norton with Cecelia Ahern and Cathy Kelly at the 2014 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Graham Norton with Cecelia Ahern and Cathy Kelly at the 2014 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Marty Whelan and Cecelia Ahern at last year's Irish Book Awards shortlist launch.
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Graham Norton, Jilly Cooper, Pippa O'Connor, comedian Jason Byrne and Louise McSharry have all made the cut for this years Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.

The nominations were announced this afternoon. Graham Norton's debut novel Holding has been nominated in the Irish Independent's Popular Fiction Book of the Year and will go up against Cecelia Ahern for Lyrebird and rugger-bugger Ross O'Carroll-Kelly's Game of Thrown-ins.

The queen of the "bonk-buster" Jilly Cooper will receive the International Recognition Award.

Newcomer of the year shortlist. Broadcaster Louise McSharry’s memoir Fat Chance has been listed in the Popular Non Fiction Book of the Year. McSharry is in a tough category with comedian Jason Byrne also getting the nod for Adventures of a Wonky Eyed Boy.

“It’s amazing to be nominated,” McSharry said. “Especially alongside authors I really respect and admire. I put everything into the book so to be acknowledged means a lot to me.”

Pippa O'Connor's book Pippa and Mr Pussy's book Before I Forget to Remember also have been listed for the category.

Cookbook of the year is always a fiercely competitive category. And this year is no different; Irish Independent columnist Indy Power has been nominated for Little Green Spoon while Sunday Independent columnist Sophie White also got the nod for Recipes for a Nervous Breakdown.

The Happy Pear twins were beaming to hear ‘The World of the Happy Pear’ has made the cut. Model Roz Purcell’s Natural Born feeder book is also on the shortlist. 

Kathleen Watkins' book Pigin of Howth has been nominated for Children's Book of the Year alongside Fatti and John Burke's Histropedia and Roddy Doyle's Rover and the Big Fat Baby.

Novel of the year shortlist nominations include Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, The Wonder by Emma Donoghue, The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride, All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan, This Must be The Place by Maggie O'Farrell and Solar Bones by Mike McCormack.

John Montague will receive the Bob Hughes Lifetime achievement Award.

The awards ceremony will take place on November 16 at the Double Tree by Hilton.

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016 Shortlist

Eason Novel of the Year

All We Shall Know - Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)

Days Without End - Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber)

Solar Bones - Mike McCormack (Tramp Press)

The Lesser Bohemians - Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber)

The Wonder - Emma Donoghue (Pan Macmillan/Picador)

This Must Be The Place - Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press)

The Best Irish published Book of the Year

All Through the Night - Edited by Marie Heaney (Poetry Ireland)

Dublin since 1922 - Tim Carey (Hachette Books Ireland)

Looking Back: The Changing Faces of Ireland - Eric Luke (The O’Brien Press)

Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks - Edited by Fintan O’Toole (Royal Irish Academy)

The Invisible Art: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916-2016 - Michael Dervan (New Island Books)

The Glass Shore - Sinéad Gleeson (New Island Books)

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

Himself - Jess Kidd (Canongate Books)

Red Dirt - EM Reapy (Head of Zeus)

The Last Days of Summer - Vanessa Ronan (Penguin Ireland)

The Maker of Swans - Paraic O’Donnell (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

The Things I Should Have Told You - Carmel Harrington (HarperCollins)

This Living and Immortal Thing - Austin Duffy (Granta Books)

National Book Tokens Nonfiction Book of the Year

I Read The News Today, Oh Boy - Paul Howard (Picador)

Ireland The Autobiography - John Bowman (Penguin Ireland)

The Hurley Maker’s Son - Patrick Deeley (Doubleday Ireland)

The Supreme Court - Ruadhán Mac Cormaic (Penguin Ireland)

Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir - John Banville & Paul Joyce (Hachette Books Ireland)

When Ideas Matter - Michael D Higgins (Head of Zeus)

RTE Radio One Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice

Lying In Wait - Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)

Conclave - Robert Harris (Hutchinson)

Dictatorship: My Teenage War With OCD - Rebecca Ryan (On Stream Publications Ltd)

All Through the Night - Edited by Marie Heaney (Poetry Ireland)

All We Shall Know - Donal Ryan (Transworld Ireland)

Victim Without A Face - Stefan Ahnhem (Head of Zeus)

Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year

In Glasnevin - Jane Clarke (From: The Irish Times)

Patagonia - Emma McKervey (From: The Compass Magazine)

Suppose I Lost - Andrew Soye (From: Abridged Magazine)

Love / Hotel / Love - Michael Naghtan Shanks (From: Poetry Ireland Review)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)

A Child of Books - Sam Winston and Oliver Jeffers (Walker Books)

Goodnight Everyone - Chris Haughton (Walker Books)

Historopedia - Fatti and John Burke (Gill Books)

Pigín of Howth - Kathleen Watkins (Gill Books)

Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits - Julian Gough & Jim Field (Hachette Children’s Group)

Rover and the Big Fat Baby - Roddy Doyle (Pan Macmillan)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)

Knights of the Borrowed Dark - Dave Rudden (Puffin)

The Book of Shadows - E.R. Murray (Mercier Press)

The Making of Mollie - Anna Carey (The O’Brien Press)

Needlework - Deirdre Sullivan (Little Island Books)

Nothing Tastes As Good - Claire Hennessy (Hot Key Books)

Flawed - Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Avonmore Cookbook of the Year

Recipes For A Nervous Breakdown - Sophie White (Gill Books)

The World of The Happy Pear - Stephen and David Flynn (Penguin Ireland)

Natural Born Feeder - Roz Purcell (Gill Books)

The Little Green Spoon - Indy Power (Ebury Press)

Neven Maguire’s Complete Family Cookbook - Neven Maguire (Gill Books)

The Brother Hubbard - Garrett Fitzgerald (Gill Books)

Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year

Game of Throw-Ins - Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (Penguin Ireland)

Lyrebird - Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins)

Rebel Sisters - Marita Conlon-McKenna (Transworld Ireland)

The Girl From The Savoy - Hazel Gaynor (HarperCollins)

The Privileged - Emily Hourican (Hachette Books Ireland)

Holding - Graham Norton (Hodder & Stoughton)

Ireland AM Popular Nonfiction Book of the Year

Adventures of a Wonky-Eyed Boy - Jason Byrne (Gill Books)

Fat Chance - Louise McSharry (Penguin Ireland)

Making It Up As I Go Along - Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)

Pippa - Pippa O’Connor (Penguin Ireland)

Talking to Strangers - Michael Harding (Hachette Books Ireland)

Mr. Pussy: Before I Forget to Remember - Alan Amsby/David Kenny (New Island Books)

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year

Blood, Sweat & McAteer - Jason McAteer (Hachette Books Ireland)

Coolmore Stud, Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Success Story - Alan Conway (Mercier Press)

My Life in Rugby - Donal Lenihan (Transworld Ireland)

Out of Control - Cathal Mc Carron (Simon & Schuster)

The Battle - Paul O’Connell (Penguin Ireland)

Win or Learn - John Kavanagh (Penguin Ireland) Short Story of the Year

Here We Are - Lucy Caldwell (Faber&Faber)

K-K-K - Lauren Foley (Ol Society - Australia)

The Visit - Orla McAlinden (Sowilo Press)

Green Amber Red - Jane Casey (New Island)

The Birds of June - John Connell (Granta Magazine)

What a River Remembers of its Course - Gerard Beirne (Numero Cinq Magazine)

Crime Fiction Award

Distress Signals - Catherine Ryan Howard (Atlantic Books (Corvus)

Little Bones - Sam Blake (Bonnier Zaffre)

Lying In Wait - Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)

The Constant Soldier - William Ryan (Mantle)

The Drowning Child - Alex Barclay (HarperCollins)

The Trespasser - Tana French (Hachette Ireland)

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