Inside story: Roddy Doyle’s got the Guts for awards glory
JIMMY Rabbitte still has it. Roddy Doyle's novel The Guts nabbed the prestigious Novel of the Year award at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards last night.
The Guts centres around a now middle-aged Jimmy, who has four kids and manages a website called kelticpunk.com.
Roddy (pictured above with Frances Black and John Banville) beat off stiff competition from Colum McCann, Donal Ryan, Catherine Dunne, Frank McGuinness and Gavin Corbett.
Darina Allen, Michael Harding and Paul Howard also picked up awards at the eighth annual awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Ballsbridge.
Esteemed novelist and Wexford native John Banville was presented with the ‘Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award 2013' by actress Sinead Cusack.
The Irish literati mingled with singers and sports stars at the event which was hosted by RTE's Keelin Shanley and John Murray.
Adding glamour to the event were children’s TV hosts Emma O’Driscoll and Diana Bunici (left).
Singer Sinead O' Connor, Sean Og O Hailpin, commentator Eamon Dunphy, DJ Carey, playwright Frank McGuinness, chef Ross Lewis, Cathy Kelly (right) and chefs Catherine Fulvio and Rachel Allen (top right) were all in attendance.
Author Cathy Kelly said that the event was like the “publishing world’s Christmas party”.
Louise Philips' crime novel The Doll's House scooped the Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year award and first time novelist Niamh Boyce was awarded the The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year for The Herbalist.
Lance Armstrong expose Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh won the RTÉ Television Sports Book of the Year, and children's authors Benji Bennett and Derek Landy were awarded the Specsavers Children's Book of the Year.