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BGE Book Awards 2017


The shortlist for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 announced today features a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across fifteen categories, including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story, Poetry and the new Teen and Young Adult book of the year category.

Now in its 12th year, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards was founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent.

Hundreds of books were submitted for consideration this year and the public are now being asked to cast their votes online for the best books of the year on the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards website.

Votes may be cast until midday on Thursday 23rd November, and the winners will be announced at the gala ceremony in The Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road on Tuesday, 28th November. This year, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards will be presented by Keelin Shanley. The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards will be televised on RTÉ One in the primetime slot of 9:30pm on Wednesday 29th November.

David Walliams, the mega-selling children’s author, has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 ‘Bord Gáis Energy International Recognition Award’ at this year’s awards. Walliams will be presented with the accolade in recognition of his significant contribution to children’s literature in the past decade.

The annual Awards ceremony has become one of the premier events in the Irish literary calendar. Presidents, Taoisigh, Nobel Laureates, and some of the best writers in Ireland have attended this unique celebration of Irish literature which is broadcast to the nation on RTÉ. .

Commenting on this year’s shortlist Larry Mac Hale, Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Chairperson, said:

“For publishers, booksellers and readers, it’s that exciting time of year when the big books begin to land in bookstores across the country. It also signals the start of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards season and we are pleased to bring readers the very best of Irish writing in our annual campaign. In June, the trade journal, The Bookseller, dedicated an entire edition to the Irish books market, applauding the general buoyancy in the trade and noting a “return to form over the past two years.” It augurs well for bookstores across the country and with books like these to promote we’re confident of having a bumper 2017 Christmas.”

Dave Kirwan, Managing Director at Bord Gáis Energy, added: This year’s Irish Book Awards shortlist is another example of the incredible literary talent we’re so lucky to have in Ireland. I’d like to congratulate all of the authors and publishers who have been shortlisted and to wish them the best of luck in the awards. It is a real mark of their talent that they have succeeded in getting to this point, and they should be very proud. Thank you too to the organising committee, and I look forward to seeing everyone at the awards on the 28th of November.”


Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017 Shortlist: Best Irish Published Book of the Year

  • The Woodcutter and His Family – Frank Mc Guinness (Brandon)
  • Atlas of the Irish Revolution – John Crowley, Donál Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and John Borgonovo (Cork University Press)
  • A Sense of Home – Helen James (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Tangleweed and Brine – Deirdre Sullivan illustrated by Karen Vaughan (Little Island)
  • Connemara & Aran – Walter Pfeiffer (Artisan House)
  • De Valera Volume 1: Rise (1882 – 1932) – David Mc Cullagh (Gill Books)

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)

  • Rabbit and the Bear: The Pest in the Nest – Julian Gough and Jim Field (Hodder Children’s Press)
  • Socks for Mr. Wolf – Tatyana Feeney (The O’Brien Press)
  • A Sailor went to Sea, Sea, Sea – Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood – Sarah Webb illustrated by Steve Mc Carthy (The O’Brien Press)
  • Patrick and the President – Ryan Tubridy illustrated by PJ Lynch (Walker Books)
  • The President’s Glasses – Peter Donnelly (Gill Books)
  • Foclóiropedia: A Journey Through the Irish Language from Arán to Zú – Fatti Burke and John Burke (Gill Books)

National Books Tokens Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)

  • Illegal – Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin illustrated Giovannie Rigano (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • The Forever Court – Dave Rudden (Puffin)
  • A Place Called Perfect – Helena Duggan (Usborne Publishing)
  • Star by Star – Sheena Wilkinson (Little Island)
  • A Dangerous Crossing – Jane Mitchell (Little Island)
  • Stand by Me – Judi Curtin (The O’Brien Press)

Dept 51@Eason Teen / Young Adult Book of the Year

  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found – Moira Fowley-Doyle (Corgi Childrens)
  • Perfect – Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • Moonrise – Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • Like Other Girls – Claire Hennessy (Hot Key Books)
  • Tangleweed and Brine – Deirdre Sullivan illustrated Karen Vaughan (Little Island)
  • The Girl in Between – Sarah Carroll (Simon & Schuster UK)

Eason Book Club Novel of the Year

  • Mrs Osmond – John Banville (Viking)
  • When Light is Like Water – Molly Mc Closkey (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies – John Boyne (Doubleday)
  • Smile – Roddy Doyle (Jonathan Cape)
  • Midwinter Break – Bernard MacLaverty (Jonathan Cape)
  • he: A Novel – John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year

  • Orange Blossom Days – Patricia Scanlan (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Break – Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
  • Operation Trumpsformation – Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Good Mother – Sinéad Moriarty (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Woman at 72 Derry Lane – Carmel Harrington (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Keep You Safe – Melissa Hill (HQ)

Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year

  • Can You Keep A Secret? – Karen Perry (Michael Joseph)
  • Here and Gone – Haylen Beck (Harvill Secker)
  • Let the Dead Speak – Jane Casey (HaperCollins Publisher)
  • One Bad Turn – Sinéad Crowley (Quercus)
  • There was a Crooked Man – Cat Hogan (Poolbeg Press)
  • The Therapy House – Julie Parsons (New Island Books)

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

  • I Found My Tribe – Ruth Fitzmaurice (Chatto & Windus)
  • Conversations with Friends – Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber)
  • The Gospel According to Blindboy – Blindboy Boatclub (Gill Books)
  • Oh My God What A Complete Aisling The Novel – Emer Mc Lysaght and Sarah Breen (Gill Books)
  • Montpelier Parade – Karl Geary (Harvill Secker)
  • Harvesting – Lisa Harding (New Island Books)

Onside Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • In America: Tales from Trump Country – Caitríona Perry (Gill Books)
  • After Ireland – Declan Kiberd (Head of Zeus)
  • Alfie – Trevor White (Penguin Ireland)
  • Brexit and Ireland – Tony Connelly (Penguin Ireland)
  • Wounds: A Memoir of War & Love – Fergal Keane (William Collins)
  • I Am, I Am, I Am – Maggie O’ Farrell (Headline)

Ireland AM Popular Non- Fiction Book of the Year

  • The M Word: – Maia Dunphy (Gill Books)
  • WikiBeaks – Dustin the Turkey (Transworld Ireland)
  • Why Can’t Everything Just Stay the Same? – Stefanie Preissner (Hechette Books Ireland )
  • Everything – Vogue William (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Owning It: Your Bullsh*t-Free Guide to Living with Anxiety – Caroline Foran (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Motherfocloir – Darch Ó Séaghdha (Head of Zeus)

EUROSPAR Cookbook of the Year

  • Cook Well, Eat Well – Rory O’ Connell (Gill Books)
  • Neven Maguire’s Perfect Irish Christmas – Neven Maguire (Gill Books)
  • Fearless Food – Lynda Booth (DCS Publishing)
  • Half Hour Hero – Roz Purcell (Penguin Ireland)
  • Home Baking – Rachel Allen (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • The Cookery School, Donnybrook Fair – Niall Murphy (Mercier Press)

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year

  • The Choice – Philly McMahon with Niall Kelly (Gill Books)
  • The Ascent: Séan Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation – Barry Ryan (Gill Books)
  • Shay: Any Given Saturday – The Autobiography– Shay Given (Trinity Mirror Sport Media )
  • The Warrior’s Code: My Autobiography – Jackie Tyrell with Christy O’ Connor (Trinity Mirror Sport Media)
  • Gooch: The Autobiography – Colm Cooper (Transworld Ireland)
  • Form: My Autobiography – Kieran Fallon with Oliver Holt (Simon & Schuster UK)

RTE Radio One’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice Award

  • Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family– Kathy Mc Keon (Simon & Schuster)
  • he: A Novel – John Connolly (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Ithaca – Alan Mc Monagle (Picador)
  • The Word is Murder – Anthony Horowitz (Century)
  • Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery – Henry Marsh (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Francis Brennan’s Book of Household Management – Francis Brennan (Gill Books)

Listowel Writer’s Week Irish Poem of the Year

  • Points – Amanda Bell (From the Irish Times)
  • Seven Sugar Cubes – Clodagh Beresford (From the Irish Times)
  • Bride and Moth – Tara Bergin (From the Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx)
  • Ledwidge in Manchester – John Mc Cauliffe (From the Irish Times) Short Story of the Year

  • Back to Bones – Christine Dwyer Hickey (Longlisted for Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award)
  • Consolata – Nuala O’ Connor (From Joyride to Jupiter – New Island Books)
  • Dogs – Helena Mulkerns (From Ferenji and other Stories – Doire Press)
  • Hollow – Paul Mc Veigh (From Numéro Cinq Magazine)
  • In the Event of an Emergency – Patricia Mc Adoo (From Books Ireland Magazine)
  • Upcycle: an account of some strange happenings on Botanic Road – June Caldwell (From Room Littler Darker – New Island Books)


This year, anyone who casts their vote on the website, will be in with the chance of winning a €100 voucher from National Book Tokens.

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