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Monday 18 November 2019

Irish Book Awards shortlist announced with celebrities on the same page as established authors


At the shortlist announcement for the Irish Book Awards were are nominated authors Richie Sadlier, Sinead Moriarty, Joseph O’Connor, Catherine Ryan Howard, Andrea Corr, Sophie White, Peter Donnelly and Caelainn Hogan. Photo: Patrick Bolger
At the shortlist announcement for the Irish Book Awards were are nominated authors Richie Sadlier, Sinead Moriarty, Joseph O’Connor, Catherine Ryan Howard, Andrea Corr, Sophie White, Peter Donnelly and Caelainn Hogan. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Mícheál Ó Scannáil

Mícheál Ó Scannáil

THE SHORTLIST for this year's An Post Irish Book Awards was announced today, as Ireland's best authors of 2019 are revealed.

The awards, which encompass 16 categories, feature new and established writers hoping to lay claim to the grand prize of Novel of the Year.

At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were ( L to R) Miriam O’Callaghan and Andrea Corr. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were ( L to R) Miriam O’Callaghan and Andrea Corr. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards was Nicole Flattery. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards was Niall Breslin. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were (L to R) Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were (L to R) Sheila Maher and Diarmaid Ferriter. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were (L to R): Darina Allen and Sophie White. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were (L to R) Alistair Giles, Madelaine Keane, Paul Howard. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were (L to R) Niall McMonagle and Sinéad Moriarty. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
Andrea Corr and Miriam O’Callaghan in the GPO. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were (L to R) Anne Griffin and Ian Maleney. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were Nicole Flattery and Joseph O’Connor. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were Sarah Davis-Goff and Dave Rudden. Photo: Douglas O’Connor

Also up for grabs is the award for best book in genres including Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry, Teen and Young Adult and Irish Language.

The An Post Irish Book Awards aim to celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise the very best of Irish writing talent.

Following its successful first year sponsoring the awards in 2018, An Post has launched its latest #ReadersWanted campaign, celebrating the value and joy of reading and encouraging everyone to pick up more books, more often.

Votes may be cast for each category online until November 13 and the winners will be announced at the gala ceremony in the Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, on November 20.

Irish author Kevin Barry - who made the 13-author longlist for the Booker Prize - is up for the Novel of the Year Award, for Night Boat to Tangier.

He features on the Irish Book Awards shortlist for Novel of the Year along with authors such as Mary Costello, Joseph O’Connor and Edna O’Brien.

At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were (L to R) Alistair Giles, Madelaine Keane, Paul Howard. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were (L to R) Alistair Giles, Madelaine Keane, Paul Howard. Photo: Douglas O’Connor

Also on shortlists for awards are Irish household names like Vicky Phelan, Joe Duffy, Andrea Corr, Jamie Heaslip, Donal Skehan and Niall Breslin.

Nominated for the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year are Leonard & Hungry Paul – Rónán Hession; Last Ones Left Alive – Sarah Davis-Goff; When All is Said – Anne Griffin; Show Them a Good Time – Nicole Flattery; Minor Monuments – Ian Maleney; and Don’t Touch My Hair – Emma Dabiri .

The nominees for the Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year are Rewind - Catherine Ryan Howard; Cruel Acts - Jane Casey; The Chain - Adrian McKinty; Twisted - Steve Cavanagh; The Wych Elm - Tana French; The Hiding Game – Louise Phillips.

Maria Dickenson, Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards, said that the nominees for this year's awards show the literary talent present in Ieland.

At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were (L to R) Niall McMonagle and Sinéad Moriarty. Photo: Douglas O’Connor
At the shortlist announcement for the An Post Irish Book Awards were (L to R) Niall McMonagle and Sinéad Moriarty. Photo: Douglas O’Connor

"This year’s shortlist is once again a terrific testament to the breadth and depth of Irish writing talent," she said.

"The Irish Book Awards are proud to celebrate the diversity of Ireland’s rich literary culture, and the achievements of all that contribute to this success – including writers, readers, publishers, booksellers and librarians.

"It’s fantastic to see the continued growth of the Irish Book Awards, which reflects the deep love Irish people have for reading and literature, and it's one of the major highlights of the literary calendar. Each and every category is packed with deserving authors, and we're looking forward to announcing the winners on 20th November."

Read interviews with some of this year's nominees and reviews of their nominated books:

Night Boat to Tangier: Kevin Barry's unique brew of wit and mayhem lacks his usual depth

 

'Memories that I thought were gone came flooding back' - Andrea Corr's shockingly honest memoir

 

'I'm still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor' - Tana French on calling Stephen King a fan, her latest novel, and The Dublin Murders

 

Tana French's The Wych Elm: The skeleton in the tree

 

Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard: A sinister story of seaside sinning

 

Cruel Acts by Jane Casey: Whip-smart detective back on beat

 

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh: Mayhem, murder and murky misdeeds in metatextual mystery

 

The Chain by Adrian McKinty: Terrifying kidnapping ring links 'The Chain'

 

The Chain by Adrian McKinty: Terrifying kidnapping ring links 'The Chain'

 

'It was quite something to grow up with the ghost of Bram Stoker' - novelist Joseph O'Connor

 

Girl by Edna O'Brien: A masterpiece of storytelling

 

Sinead Gleeson's heart and steel strike a powerful balance in Constellations

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