Roddy's latest book up for top award
RODDY Doyle's latest children's book -- an adventure story inspired by his own family trip to Finland -- has been shortlisted for this year's prestigious Bisto Book of The Year Awards, it was announced yesterday.
His latest children's offering 'Wilderness' is aimed at teenage readers.
The complex novel is a slightly darker departure from the Dublin writer's heartwarming and funny trilogy 'The Rover Stories' aimed at younger children which he first recited as bedtime stories to his own sons.
The novel was among 10 books announced yesterday that will be vying for the prestigious award and a €10,000 prize.
Three other awards, including the Ellis Dillion Award for a first-time children's writer and three Bisto Honour Awards, will be announced along with the overall winner at a reception in Dublin on May 22.
This year's shortlist features four previous award winners, including last year's Book of the Year Award winner Kate Thompson with her latest children's novel 'The Last of the High Kings'.
The Belfast-based artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers, who has won three Bisto Honour Awards for his previous work, is also nominated for his latest children's book 'The Way Back Home'.
'Titanic 2020' author Colin Bateman's futuristic story of a stowaway boy's adventures aboard an ultra-modern "unsinkable" Titantic is also up for a gong.
The annual awards are presented to recognise the best of writing and illustration in children's publishing in Ireland and are open to all writers and illustrators who are born or living in Ireland.
Other nominees include:
'The Alchemyst' by Michael Scott, 'The Black Book of Secrets' by FE Higgins and 'Discover Art' by Jessica O'Donnell.