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An Post Irish Book Awards
Joseph O’Connor, Vicky Phelan and Andrea Corr were among the winning authors at this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards.
Acclaimed Irish author Colm Tóibín received the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award. It recognises the central position he has occupied in Irish cultural life for over three decades, with works including Brooklyn, The Master and The Testament of Mary.
First awarded in 2006, the awards showcase a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across 16 categories. This year, more than 115,000 votes were cast by the book-loving public to select the winners in each category.
Each year, readers are also invited to vote for their overall ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year’ with the winners announced in January. Previous winners include Emilie Pine for Notes to Self, Louise O’Neill for Asking For It, and Donal Ryan for The Spinning Heart.
2019 Award Winners
RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award
Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year
- Overcoming – Vicky Phelan with Naomi Linehan (Hachette Books) – Championed by Ray D’Arcy
Avoca Cookbook of the Year
- Recovering – Richie Sadlier with Dion Fanning (Gill Books)
Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year
- Cornucopia: The Green Cookbook – Tony Keogh, Aoife Carrigy, the Chefs of Cornucopia, Deirdre and Dairine McCafferty (Gill Books)
Bookselling Ireland Non-Fiction Book of the Year
- Cruel Acts – Jane Casey (HarperFiction)
TheJournal.ie Best Irish-Published Book of the Year
- Constellations – Sinéad Gleeson (Picador)
Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year
- Children of the Troubles – Joe Duffy and Freya McClements (Hachette Books Ireland)
Dept51@Eason Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year
- Tairngreacht – Proinsias Mac a’Bhaird (LeabhairComhar)
Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year – Senior
- Other Words for Smoke – Sarah Maria Griffin (Titan Books)
Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year – Junior
- Shooting for the Stars - My Journey to Become Ireland’s First Astronaut – Norah Patten, illustrated by Jennifer Farley (The O’Brien Press)
Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year
- 123 Ireland! – Aoife Dooley (Little Island Books)
National Book Tokens Popular Fiction Book of the Year
- When All is Said – Anne Griffin (Hodder & Stoughton)
Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year
- Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling – Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen (Gill Books)
Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award
- Salt Rain – Audrey Molloy (Mslexia, September 2019)
Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year
- Parrot – Nicole Flattery (The Stinging Fly, Issue 39, Volume 2, Winter 2018-19)
Eason Novel of the Year
- Barefoot Pilgrimage – Andrea Corr (HarperNonFiction)
- Shadowplay – Joseph O’Connor (Harvill Secker)
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