Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year

About The Award

“Non-fiction” covers a multitude of subjects and it was always somewhat anomalous to have sometimes strange bedfellows lumped together in the same category. Accordingly, since 2015 the non-fiction category has been split into non-fiction and popular non-fiction with popular non-fiction, sponsored by Ireland AM, broadly covering areas such as celebrity memoirs, lifestyle, humour and popular culture.

Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction
Book of the Year

Never Mind the B#LL*CKS Here's the Science

By Professor Luke O'neill

Professor Luke O’Neill, one of the leading voices of authority during the COVID-19 pandemic, grapples with life’s biggest questions and tells us what science has to say about them: Do we have control over our lives? Must we vaccinate our children? Covering topics from global pandemics to addiction and euthanasia, Luke’s trademark easy wit and clever pop-culture references deconstruct the science to make complex questions accessible.

The 2020 Shortlist

by Joseph O’Connor
Normal People
by Sally Rooney
Midwinter Break
by Bernard MacLaverty
Solar Bones
by Mike McCormack

Previous Winners

2019 – Barefoot Pilgrimage 
by Andrea Corr

2018 – The Cow Book 
by John Connell

2017 – Motherfoclóir 
by Darach Ó Séaghdha

2016 – Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes

2015 – Me and My Mate Jeffrey 
by Niall Breslin


Rewatch the 2020 Virtual ceremony here...