Irish Book Awards

Best-selling author Bill Bryson to be honoured with the ‘Bord Gáis Energy International Recognition Award’ at this year’s Irish Book Awards ceremony

November 16, 2015

Best-selling author Bill Bryson will be honoured at this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards with the ‘Bord Gáis Energy International Recognition Award’. He will be presented with the award on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 in the presence of a host of celebrated Irish authors representing the very best of Irish fiction, crime, sport, food, children’s and non-fiction genres.

The ‘Bord Gáis Energy International Recognition Award’ aims to honour international writers who, in the view of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards board, have contributed substantially to the health and wealth of the Irish book-trade. Recipients will have a large corpus of popular work behind them; will have sales figures counted in millions; will have demonstrated staying power and longevity; and will have endeared themselves to Irish booksellers throughout their careers.

According to the Board of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards:

“Starting with The Lost Continent in 1989, Bryson has delighted Irish readers with a series of books which for warmth, wit and insight have rarely been surpassed. He has an unerring eye for the foibles and customs of the countries he’s written about and has parlayed his observational acuity into a brilliant literary career with massive worldwide sales (A Short History of Nearly Everything alone has sold 1.75 million copies).

Whether he is writing about growing up in Iowa, the British way of life, Shakespeare, the components of a domestic home or the American Summer of 1927, Bryson’s signature tone is one of insatiable curiosity and wry amusement at the world we live in. In his writing he can be acerbic, biting and hilarious but has also said that “the world is crazy but more and more I’ve tried to balance the negatives with some positives because there is also a lot of good in the world”. Congratulations to Bill Bryson on this award from all in Ireland’s book community.”

The good news for Irish readers is that Bryson has expressed an aspiration in recent interviews which would seem to indicate the possibility of a travel book on Ireland at some future date. “Ireland is so much where my roots are” he has said; “I’ve always wanted to keep Ireland for a separate book”.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa in 1951, Bill Bryson is a best-selling Anglo-American travel writer of tremendous international popularity. He has been resident in Britain for most of his adult life. A film of one of his most successful books, A Walk in the Woods, was recently released starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Emma Thompson.

This is the tenth year of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, which are dedicated to honouring Irish writers across the entire publishing spectrum. This year’s shortlist features a diverse array of acclaimed authors and well known Irish personalities including literary heavyweights Anne Enright, Colm Tóibín, Belinda McKeon, Donal Ryan and John Boyne, newcomers Sara Baume and Danielle McLoughlin, celebrated sporting figures Henry Shefflin, Jim McGuiness and Packie Bonner, and popular fiction bestselling writers Ross O’ Carroll Kelly, Cecilia Ahern and Sinead Moriarty.

RTÉ Television will be broadcasting the highlights of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards on RTÉ One on Saturday 28 November. This programme will showcase one of the biggest celebrations of Irish writing with many of Ireland’s most celebrated and loved authors in attendance.

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