Irish Book Awards

Shortlist revealed for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015

November 4, 2015

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015 shortlist features a diverse array of acclaimed Irish authors and well known personalities across thirteen categories, including Novel of the Year, Popular Fiction, Non-fiction, Crime, Children’s, Sports, Short Stories and Cookery.

Hundreds of books were submitted this year for consideration across the thirteen categories and now the public are being asked to cast their vote on the best books via the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards website:

Voters are entered into a prize draw to win €100 of National Book Tokens.

Last year, over 45,000 readers and book lovers made their voices heard and voted to select the winners in each category. Votes can be cast until midnight 19th November 2015 and the winners will be announced at a gala event in Dublin’s Double Tree by Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, 25th November.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards brings together the entire book community – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians –.to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent. The Irish Book Awards commenced in 2006 with a mere three award categories: fiction, nonfiction and children’s. In recent years, the growth of the awards has been staggering. With Bord Gáis Energy as the title sponsor for the past five years, the Awards now have thirteen categories. Presidents, Taoisigh, Nobel Laureates and most of the best writers in Ireland have been in attendance at the Gala Dinner over the years in what has become one of the premier events in the Irish literary calendar, a unique evening to celebrate Irish writing, broadcast to the nation on the RTÉ TV highlights show.

Commenting on this year’s shortlist Brendan Corbett, Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

“Throughout the 10 years of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, one thing has never changed and that has been the seemingly limitless creativity of Irish writers.  The Awards were set up to honour such creativity and it is our hope that we’ve played our part in showcasing the work of so many talented writers over the years.”

Dave Kirwan, Chief Operating Officer at Bord Gáis Energy, added:

“Our association with the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards has always been about supporting something that matters to our customers.  In the past ten years, the event has become the highlight of the literary calendar and we will continue to support the wealth of Irish talent on this national stage. The quality of writing never disappoints and this year it’s no different with a truly outstanding shortlist. I’d like to wish all authors the very best of luck.”

Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015 Shortlist

Eason Book Club Novel of the Year

  • Tender by Belinda McKeon (Pan Macmillan / Picador)
  • Miss Emily by Nuala O’ Connor (Sandstone Press Ltd)
  • The Green Road by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Beatlebone by Kevin Barry (Canongate Books)
  • The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’ Brien (Faber & Faber) Best Irish Published Book of the Year

  • Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way by Carsten Krieger (The O’Brien Press)
  • The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson (New Island Books)
  • Windharp edited by Niall Mc Monagle (Penguin Ireland)
  • 1916: Portraits and Lives by Lawrence William White and James Quinn (Royal Irish Academy)
  • Handbook of the Irish Revival: An Anthology of Cultural and Political Writings 1891 –1922 by Declan Kiberd and P.J.Mathews (Abbey Theatre Press)
  • Eileen Gray: Her Work and Her World by Jennifer Goff (Irish Academic Press)

Specsaver’s Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)

  • Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • A Dublin Fairytale by Nicola Colton (The O’Brien Press)
  • The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P.J Lynch (Walker Books)
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • The Snow Beast by Chris Judge (Andersen Press)
  • I’m a Girl! By Yasmeen Ismail (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)

  • Asking For It by Louise O’ Neill ( Quercus Books)
  • Darkmouth: Worlds Explode by Shane Hegarty (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • Demon Road by Derek Landy (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • One by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • Once Upon a Place by Eoin Colfer (Little Island Books)
  • The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne (Doubleday Children’s)

Avonmore Cookbook of the Year

  • The Virtuous Tart by Susan Jane White (Gill & Macmillan)
  • The Nations’ Favourite Healthy Food by Neven Maguire (Gill & Macmillan)
  • A Bird in the Hand by Diana Henry (Mitchell Beazley)
  • Coast: Recipes from Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way by Rachel Allen (HarperCollins)
  • Home: Recipes from Ireland by Trish Deseine (Hachette Cuisine, Paris)
  • Fresh: Simple, delicious recipes to make you feel energised by Donal Skehan (Hodder & Stoughton)

Ireland AM Crime Book of the Year

  • Even the Dead by Benjamin Black (Viking)
  • Freedom’s Child by Jax Miller (HarperCollins)
  • Are You Watching Me? By Sinead Crowley (Quercus)
  • Only We Know by Karen Perry (Michael Joseph)
  • The Game Changer by Louise Phillips (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • After the Fire by Jane Casey (Ebury Press)

Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year

  • About Sisterland by Martina Devlin (Ward River Press)
  • The Dress by Kate Kerrigan (Head of Zeus)
  • Seedless in Seattle by Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins)
  • The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty (Penguin Ireland)
  • Another Heartbeat in the House by Kate Beaufoy (Transworld Ireland)

National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • A Nation and not a Rabble by Diarmaid Ferriter (Profile Books)
  • Children of the Rising by Joe Duffy (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • The Maximalist by Matt Cooper (Gill & Macmillan)
  • The Projectionist by Carlo Gébler (New Island Books)
  • Éamon de Valera by Ronan Fanning (Faber & Faber)
  • 1916: The Mornings After by Tim Pat Coogan (Head of Zeus)

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year

  • Pulling the Strings: My Autobiography by Peter Stringer (Penguin Ireland)
  • Punching Above Their Weight by Sean Mc Goldrick (The O’Brien Press)
  • The White Heat: My Autobiography by Tomás Ó Sé (Gill & Macmillan)
  • Until Victory Always: A Memoir by Jim Mc Guinness (Gill & Macmillan)
  • The Autobiography by Henry Shefflin (Penguin Ireland )
  • The Last Line: My Autobiography by Packie Bonner (Ebury Press)

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

  • Eggshells by Caitriona Lally (Liberties Press)
  • Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume (Tramp Press)
  • The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney (John Murray)
  • Hopscotch: A Memoir by Hilary Fannin (Doubleday Ireland)
  • Dinosaurs On Other Planets by Danielle Mc Laughlin (Stinging Fly Press)
  • Weightless by Sarah Bannan (Bloomsbury Circus)

Books Are My Bag Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

  • Counting My Blessings by Francis Brennan (Gill & Macmillan)
  • Me and My Mate Jeffrey by Niall Breslin (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Off You Go by Maeve Higgins (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Shine: A Girl’s Guide to Thriving (Not Just Surviving) in Real Life by Siobhan Hackett and Mary Doherty (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • That’s Life by Marty Whelan (Gill & Macmillan)
  • The Daughterhood by Natasha Fennell and Roisin Ingle (Simon & Schuster UK Ltd)

RTÉ Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award

  • Asking For It by Louise O’ Neill (Quercus)
  • So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (Picador)
  • The Green Road by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)
  • Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins (Doubleday)
  • Call the Midlife by Chris Evans (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
  • Irelandopedia by Fatti and John Burke (Gill & Macmillan) Short Story of the Year

  • A Slanting of the Sun by Donal Ryan (A Slanting of the Sun) (Doubleday)
  • BOY, 19 by John Boyne (Beneath the Earth, (Doubleday)
  • The Journey to Galway by Colm Toibin (Faber/The Irish Times)
  • December Swimmers by Paul Lenehan (The Moth)
  • monologue for cabman by Kevin Barry (The Stinging Fly Press)
  • What Time Is It Now, Where Are You? By Colum Mc Cann (Thirteen Ways of Looking, Bloomsbury)

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