Friday 24 November 2017

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John Spain

JOHN Connolly has sold over 10 million copies of his American ex-cop Charlie Parker thrillers, but he is still a 'new author' as far as the Bisto Children's Book Awards are concerned.

Yesterday, his book 'The Gates' made the shortlist of 10 titles for the 20th Bisto Awards.

Connolly, a hugely successful writer internationally, has been nominated for his first book for younger readers. The book is about a boy, some devil-worshippers and a portal connecting the underworld to ours.

The annual Bistos are the most prestigious awards for children's books in Ireland. The titles on this year's shortlist are:

  • 'An Greasai Brog agus na Sioga' -- Catriona Hastings and Andrew Whitson.
  • 'Chalkline' -- Jane Mitchell.
  • 'Colm and the Lazarus Key' -- Kieran Mark Crowley.
  • 'Gluaiseacht' -- Alan Titley.
  • 'Lincoln and his Boys' -- PJ Lynch.
  • 'Solace of the Road' -- Siobhan Dowd.
  • 'The Eyeball Collector' -- F E Higgins.
  • 'The Gates' -- John Connolly.
  • 'The Third Pig Detective Agency' -- Bob Burke.
  • 'There' -- Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick.

The overall winner receives €10,000 and there are smaller category prizes.

The awards will be announced on May 24.

Irish Independent

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