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Shortlist for the Bord Gais Energy Book Awards 2012 Announced

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By Vanessa O'Loughlin

The shortlists for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2012 have been announced today, with nominees in 12 different categories.

In amongst the familiar names like John Banville, Cecilia Ahern and David McWilliams, are several newcomers including our own Louise Phillips, Double Day/Lilliput debut novellist Donal Ryan, and The Stinging Fly Press’s Mary Costello. For the first time, this year’s awards will include a rather delicious cook book category, the  ‘Avonmore Cookbook of the Year,’ with Rachel Allen, Donal Skehan and Neven Maguire amongst those shortlisted. Pictured below are four of the shortlisted cooks, Domini Kemp, Catherine Fulvio, Donal Skehan and Rachel Allen.

Derek Hughes, who is Chairman of the Awards, is delighted at the quality of literature this year:

Despite tough economic conditions, despite massive structural change, our industry continues to bring to the Irish reading public, a range of fantastic books to enjoy. 

We are indeed fortunate to be working with so many great Irish writers who now enjoy an international reputation that is second to none. Congratulations to all of the shortlisted writers.

At the star studded event held at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this morning, 25th October, Managing Director of Bord Gáis Energy Dave Kirwan  expressed his pleasure at supporting an industry whose ambassadors arefeatured in every bookshop in the world, promoting Ireland and Irish writing on a global scale. The authors present were also delighted to hear about the very healthy state of the Bord Gáis Book Club with over 15,000 online members and up to 70,000 tuning in to the Book Club slots on TV3’s Ireland AM.

Anyone can vote online for their choices in each category, with the winners to be announced at a gala dinner in Dublin’s RDS on 22 November. The Awards is  in its seventh year, and RTÉ will be broadcasting highlights of the event on 24 November.

You can cast you vote for any of the books here, and can find the full shortlists below:

Eason Irish Novel of the Year:

  • 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)

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

  • 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)

The Ireland AM Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year:

  • 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)

Avonmore Cookbook of the Year:

  • 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)

The Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year:

  • 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)

Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year:

  • 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)

Lifestyle Sports Irish Sports Book of the Year:

  • 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)

Sunday Independent Best Irish Newcomer of the Year:

  • 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)

International Education Services Best Irish Published Book of the Year:

  • 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)

Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year:

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)

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)
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