It was an amazing night at the Irish Book Awards last Tuesday – loads of glitz and glamour, writers, TV personalities, red carpet, champagne, and a packed house to unravel the winners in each of the categories of the Irish Book Awards 2013.
The crime category, to which The Doll’s House was shortlisted was actually the second award of the night and I can’t tell you how nervous I was. Never again will I look at an Oscar ceremony purely for entertainment purposes…I feel their pain.
You sit there as all 6 nominations appear on the big screen, each read out by our wonderful State Pathologist, Marie Cassidy, and you know everything could be joy or disappointment within seconds. It’s one of those moments when you just don’t know. Then the miracle happened as I heard Marie Cassidy call out my name, and the title of the winning novel – The Doll’s House. ‘Oh my God,’ were the words witnesses said came out of my mouth. I don’t remember because all I felt was shock and amazement and delight of course.
I hadn’t prepared a speech, and so the speech was going to be short. I was nervous, I was excited, I was overwhelmed in many ways, but I got some honest words out, and I think I did okay. The important thing was that The Doll’s House DID win the Best Irish Crime Novel of 2013, and they are some great words to write and to read!!!
Now all ten winners in the various categories go forward for overall Book of the Year 2013, and this time the decision is based on purely an online vote. There are some big names in there, but it would be wonderful in what has been described as the Golden Age of Irish Crime Fiction if CRIME WRITING managed to pick up this prestigious award.
The Voting closes on the 5th December, and it is a free online vote – Click on link HERE to vote!