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Bord Gais Energy Book Awards Winners

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The Bórd Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards is one of the biggest celebrations of Irish writing and many of Ireland’s most celebrated and loved authors were at the RDS in Dublin on Thursday night at a glittering event presented by RTÉ’s Claire Byrne and John Murray.

The 2012 Bórd Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards shortlist this year featured a host of internationally renowned Irish authors including John Banville, Edna O’Brien, Emma O’Donoghue, Joseph O’Connor, Cecelia Ahern, Tana French and Kevin Barry, and a wide range of memoirs from Irish political and sporting figures including former president Mary Robinson, Senator David Norris, sporting commentator Jimmy Magee, Olympic star Katie Taylor and rugby legend John Hayes, many of whom joined the 350 guests gathered at the Award ceremony.

A highlight of the evening was esteemed novelist and playwright Jennifer Johnston receiving the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Joseph O’ Connor for her contribution to Irish literature.

So who were the winners?

Eason Irish Novel of the Year shortlist:

  • Astray by Emma Donoghue (Picador)
  • Dark Lies the Island by Kevin Barry (Jonathan Cape)
  • Ancient Light by John Banville (Viking)
  • The Light of Amsterdam by David Park (Bloomsbury)
  • Where Have you Been by Joseph O’ Connor (Harvill Secker)
  • Hawthorn & Child by Keith Ridgeway (Granta)

WINNER: Ancient Light by John Banville (Viking)

 

RTÉ Radio 1’s The John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award shortlist:

  • Just Mary by Mary O’ Rourke (Gill & Macmillan)
  • Run Fat B!tch, Run by Ruth Field (Sphere)
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (Virago)
  • All in My Head: The Autobiography by Lar Corbett (Transworld Ireland)
  • Broken Harbour by Tana French (Hachette Books Ireland)

WINNER: Just Mary by Mary O’ Rourke (Gill & Macmillan)

 

The Ireland AM Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year shortlist:

  • Vengeance by Benjamin Black (Mantle)
  • The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O’Bryan (Avon)
  • Too Close for Comfort by Niamh O’Connor (Transworld Ireland)
  • Red Ribbons by Louise Phillips (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Broken Harbour by Tana French (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Slaughter’s Hound by Declan Burke (Liberties Press)

WINNER:Broken Harbour by Tana French (Hachette Books Ireland)

 

Avonmore Cookbook of the Year shortlist:

  • Cake by Rachel Allen (Collins)
  • Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less by Donal Skehan (Collins)
  • The MacNean Restaurant Cookbook by Neven Maguire (Gill & Macmillan)
  • Domini at Home by Domini Kemp (Gill & Macmillan)
  • Eat Like an Italian by Catherine Fulvio (Gill & Macmillan)
  • ICA Cookbook by Aoife Carrigy (Gill & Macmillan)

WINNER:Eat Like an Italian by Catherine Fulvio (Gill & Macmillan)

 

The Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year shortlist:

  • The Good Room by David McWilliams (Penguin Ireland)
  • A Kick Against The Pricks: The Autobiography by David Norris (Transworld Ireland)
  • Country Girl by Edna O’ Brien (Faber and Faber)
  • Everybody Matters by Mary Robinson (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Just Mary by Mary O’ Rourke (Gill & Macmillan)
  • Atlas of The Great Irish Famine by John Crowley, William J. Smyth and Mike Murphy (Cork University Press)

WINNER: Country Girl by Edna O’ Brien (Faber and Faber)

 

Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year shortlist:

  • A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (Orion)
  • This Child of Mine by Sinéad Moriarty (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
  • The House on Willow Street by Cathy Kelly (Harper)
  • One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern (Harper)
  • This Is How It Ends by Kathleen MacMahon (Little Brown)
  • Better Together by Sheila O’Flanagan (Headline)
  • The Charm Bracelet by Melissa Hill (Hodder & Stoughton)

WINNER: A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (Orion)

 

Lifestyle Sports Irish Sports Book of the Year shortlist:

  • My Olympic Dream by Katie Taylor (Simon & Schuster)
  • My Journey by Jim Stynes (Penguin Ireland)
  • Cliffs Of Insanity: A Winter On Ireland’s Big Waves by Keith Duggan (Transworld Ireland)
  • The Bull by John Hayes (Simon & Schuster)
  • Memory Man by Jimmy Magee (Gill & Macmillan)
  • The Great and the Good by John Giles (Hachette Books Ireland)

WINNER: My Olympic Dream by Katie Taylor (Simon & Schuster)

 

Sunday Independent Best Irish Newcomer of the Year shortlist:

  • The China Factory by Mary Costello (Stinging Fly)
  • The Crocodile by the Door by Selina Guinness (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland/Lilliput)
  • Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin (Poolbeg Press)
  • This Is How It Ends by Kathleen MacMahon (Little Brown)
  • We Have a Good Time Don’t We? By Maeve Higgins (Hachette Books Ireland)

WINNER: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland/Lilliput)

 

International Education Services Best Irish Published Book of the Year shortlist:

  • At War with the Empire by Gerry Hunt (The O’Brien Press)
  • And Time Stood Still by Alice Taylor (Brandon Books)
  • Triggs by Paul Howard (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Tyringham Park by Rosemary McLoughlin (Poolbeg Press)
  • Atlas of the Great Irish Famine by John Crowley, William J. Smyth and Mike Murphy (Cork University Press)
  • Isn’t it Well For Ye?: The Book of Irish Mammies by Colm O’Regan (Transworld Ireland)

WINNER: Atlas of the Great Irish Famine by John Crowley, William J. Smyth and Mike Murphy (Cork University Press)

 

Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year shortlist:

Junior Category

  • Guess How Much I Love You: Here, There and Everywhere by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram (Walker Books)
  • Oh no, George! by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
  • Adam’s Greatest Inventions by Benji Bennett (Adams Printing Press)
  • This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers (Harper Collins Children’s Books)

WINNER: This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers (Harper Collins Children’s Books)

 

Senior Category

  • Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer (Puffin)
  • The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne (Doubleday Children’s)
  • Zom-B by Darren Shan (Simon and Schuster)
  • Rebecca’s Rules by Anna Carey (The O’Brien Press)
  • Leave it to Eva by Judi Curtin (The O’Brien Press)
  • Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy (Harper Collins Children’s Books)

WINNER: Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer (Puffin)

Book shop of the Year Winner: The Bridge Bookshop, Wicklow

This is the seventh year of the Bórd Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, which are dedicated to honouring Irish writers across the entire publishing spectrum. The awards were open to any title published between 1st November 2011 and 31st October 2012.

The public can now vote for their overall Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year by going to www.irishbookawards.ie. Voting is open until December 14th and the winner will be announced on Monday 16th December. Last year’s winner was Belinda McKeown for her debut novel, Solace.

For the second year running, RTÉ Television will be broadcasting the highlights of the Bórd Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards on RTÉ One on Saturday 24 November, straight after The Saturday Night Show.

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