Lifestyle Book of the Year Shortlist Discover the best books of the year. Click the plus button to find out more information about each book and author. Winners will be announced on the 23rd of November. A Cloud Where the Birds Rise: A book about love and belonging by Michael Harding and Jacob Stack Book Profile In this stunning collaboration, bestselling writer Michael Harding's most memorable musings on the human condition are brought to life by illustrator Jacob Stack. In these pages, the reader is held in moments of belonging, solitude, love and healing as we witness the beauty of falling snow, the pain and love of goodbyes, and the shared lives and deaths of neighbours amid the sweeping landscape of Ireland. A Cloud Where the Birds Rise is a beautifully illustrated collection of observations and stories from one of Ireland's best-loved writers - a celebration of finding beauty and hope in the ordinary. Author Profile Michael Harding is an author and playwright. His creative chronicle of ordinary life in the Irish midlands is published as a weekly column in The Irish Times. He has written numerous plays for the Abbey Theatre, including Una Pooka,Misogynist and Sour Grapes, and has published three novels, Priest, The Trouble with Sarah Gullion and Bird in the Snow as well as three bestselling memoirs, Staring at Lakes, which won three BGE Irish Book awards, Hanging with the Elephant and Talking to Strangers and the bestselling On Tuesdays I’m a Buddhist. Jacob Stack is from Donegal, Ireland. He studied Fine Art Printmaking in Limerick School of Art and Design, graduating in 2012. Jacob has exhibited work in solo and group shows nationally, and internationally in London, New York, and LA. He was shortlisted in the AOI World Illustration Awards 2017. Awaken Your Power Within by Gerry Hussey Book Profile From leading health and performance coach, Gerry Hussey, comes a powerful guide to transforming your mind, body and soul. In Awaken Your Power Within, Gerry tells an open, honest and mind-blowing story of self-discovery that takes us inside the heart and mind of a young boy who dared to ask deeper questions about the mind and soul. Bringing together insights from psychology, neuroscience, gut health, quantum physics, mindfulness and philosophy, the book shows you how to break free from limiting and self-destructive habits and reclaim your inner world, so that you can live as your truest and most powerful self. From letting go of the fear of not being enough to opening up a deeper level of consciousness, Awaken Your Power Within is a life-changing introduction to the limitless possibilities of which you are capable. Book Profile Gerry Hussey is a performance psychologist who has been working in the fields of health and performance for almost twenty years. Through his programmes, keynote speaking engagements and events, Gerry helps clients strip away learned behaviours and thinking patterns to unclutter, clarify and overcome both internal and external obstacles and challenges, and ignite the best version of themselves from a mind, body and spirit perspective. At the forefront of building high-performance teams and individuals, Gerry leads teams for success at high-profile competitions such as the Olympic Games, Heineken Cups, World Cups, and World and European championships. He also works with corporate organisations along with one-on-one. Decor Galore by Laura de Barra Book Profile With Gaff Goddess Laura de Barra proved she was the queen of She-IY, but that was just the beginning. In Décor Galore she takes us room by room with genius and stunning tips for how to revamp your home on any budget. Whether you want to maximise storage, create layered lighting, or install a new kitchen, Décor Galore has got you covered. Creative, stylish and incredibly practical, Laura will change how you view your space and open up a world of new possibilities. Gaff Goddess empowered you to pick up a drill and now Décor Galore will empower you to create the home you've always wanted. Author Profile Laura de Barra is a Cork-born property portfolio developer and illustrator working in the competitive London rental market. Her first book, Gaff Goddess, was a No.1 bestseller. She is a regular guest on RTE's Today with Maura and Dáithí, and also has a regular home-hack column with thejournal.ie. Her Instagram account @lauradebarra is a gold mine of clever repair, décor and She-IY inspiration, and her joyful passion for her work will inspire even the most hesitant tenant or homeowner to discover they really can do it for themselves. High Hopes: Making Music, Losing My Way, Learning to Live by Steve Garrigan Book Profile As lead singer and songwriter of hugely successful Irish rock band Kodaline, Steve Garrigan plays to thousands of fans worldwide - his business is being in the spotlight. But, for years, Steve was privately battling his own demons. High Hopes is a deeply personal memoir about how everyone carries a story. In his down-to-earth and often humorous style, Steve takes us from his childhood growing up in Dublin and the shyness that only dissolved in front of a microphone, to the highs of rock star success touring and playing stadiums, and the lows of anxiety, depression and panic attacks. Ultimately, his story describes how it is only by learning to share our deepest vulnerability - embracing all aspects of our true selves - that we can work through darkness and ultimately find freedom. Author Profile Born in Swords, Dublin in 1988, Steve Garrigan is the lead singer and songwriter of Irish rock band Kodaline. With fellow band mates Mark Prendergast, Jason Boland and Vinny May Jr, Steve has toured and performed in sold out venues throughout the world including the US, Asia, India and South Korea, as well as in Ireland and Europe. Kodaline’s albums include In a Perfect World (2013), Coming Up for Air (2015), Politics of Living (2018) and One Day at a Time (2020). They have had numerous songs featured in TV shows and movies and have close to two billion streams on Spotify alone. Steve lives in Dublin. Mindfull by Dermot Whelan Book Profile In 2007, comedian and broadcaster Dermot Whelan arrived at a comedy festival in an ambulance after having a panic attack en-route. Realising this was not a sustainable way to travel to future gigs, he decided to become a meditation teacher and learn how to de-stress without annoying the emergency services. Telling Dermot’s own story and offering useful everyday tips and techniques, Mind Full is his funny and accessible guide to meditation. If you feel like you’ve lost touch with the happier version of yourself and would like to: • Sleep better • Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Depression • Have more patience with the people you love • Feel less ‘meh’ • Enjoy life more … this book is for you. You’ll discover that learning to meditate doesn’t require you to blow up your life and move to Nepal, but it does help you make very small changes that make a long-lasting difference. With exclusive access to Dermot’s guided meditations, Mind Full will help you restore your sense of fulfilment, happiness and true contentment. Author Profile Dermot Whelan is an award-winning radio and TV presenter, comedian, public speaker, meditation expert and midlife skateboarder. He currently hosts the popular ‘Dermot and Dave’ show on Today FM. Dermot is also a certified ‘Masters of Wisdom and Meditation’ teacher and works with all kinds of companies and organisations around the world, helping them to understand and manage stress. He likes golf, Munster Rugby and any TV show with Vikings in it. Ranger 22: Lessons From The Front by Ray Goggins Book Profile The path I have travelled, the things I have done and the people I have met in crisis situations have given me a window into those qualities that make us perform. My military training created a mindset, an outlook and skills that can be channelled into any situation.’ From the hills of south Lebanon to the monsoon jungles of Southern Asia, Ray Goggins has operated in a life-and-death world. In the suffocating humidity of Liberia, the mountains of Afghanistan and the snow-covered Balkans, Ray has seen the best and worst qualities in himself and others. From conflict zones to terrorist attacks and hostage rescues, Ray has learned the greatest life lessons: how to control fear, how to react calmly and positively, and how to create a strong baseline from which to take action. After a life spent on the front line with the Irish Defence Forces, Ray now trains others to foster a mindset to handle whatever madness life has in store. In this remarkable book, he takes us on an exhilarating journey through his incredible career and draws on the valuable lessons to help all of us deal better with life, whatever the situation. Author Profile Ray Goggins served in the Irish Defence Forces for 26 years, including 17 years in the Army Ranger Wing, where he was a leader in the Special Operations Unit. With a lifetime of experience in war zones, Ray has also operated as a bodyguard in Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Afghanistan. Born in Cork, Ray is now Chief Instructor of RTÉ’s Ultimate Hell Week and director of a training and leadership company, Coreskill, working with various corporate organizations and teams.