Ex­cep­tional writ­ing in 2018’s Ir­ish Book Awards shortlists

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TRULY it was a red let­ter day on Thurs­day when the GPO pro­vided the au­gust back­drop for the launch of the 2018 Ir­ish Book Awards shortlists. The fris­son of team­ing up with our new spon­sor An Post — headed up by CEO David Mcred­mond (him­self a for­mer book­seller and de­voted bib­lio­phile) — and learn­ing who had made the cut in the 16 cat­e­gories across Ir­ish writ­ing was pal­pa­ble as an eclec­tic mix of writ­ers from Diar­maid Fer­riter, John Boyne and Rose­mary Smith to Ce­celia Ah­ern, Robert Bal­lagh and the Happy Pear twins en­joyed wine and canapes in this his­toric set­ting.

To sup­port its spon­sor­ship, An Post has un­veiled #Read­er­swanted, a na­tional cam­paign that cel­e­brates the value and joy of read­ing and en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to pick up more books, more of­ten. To tie in with the an­nounce­ment of the An Post Ir­ish Book Awards short­list, the pub­lic are now be­ing asked to cast their votes on­line for the best books of the year on the An Post Ir­ish Book Awards web­site https://www.irish­bookawards.ir­ish/vote2018/. You’ll also be in with a chance of win­ning a €100 book to­ken.

Keelin Shan­ley will pre­side over the gala awards cer­e­mony (while her col­league Eve­lyn O’rourke chap­er­ones the Green Room an­tics) which takes place on Tues­day, Novem­ber 27 at the Clay­ton Ho­tel, and an hour­long pro­gramme of the high­lights will be shown later in the week on RTE One.

As long-time part­ners in this il­lus­tri­ous Ir­ish lit­er­ary event, the Sun­day In­de­pen­dent is de­lighted about this dy­namic new chap­ter in the awards’ his­tory and is very proud that our own De­clan Lynch has been nom­i­nated for his grip­ping tale of gam­bling ad­dic­tion, Tony 10. So, let’s not keep you in sus­pense any more. Here are the shorlists for the An Post Ir­ish Book Awards 2018:

The Jour­nal.ie Best Ir­ish Pub­lished Book of the Year

Light­houses of Ire­land: An Il­lus­trated Guide to the Sen­tinels that Guard our Coast­line — Roger O’reilly (The Collins Press) The Great Ir­ish Weather Book — Joanna Don­nelly, il­lus­tra­tor Fuch­sia Maca­ree (Gill Books)

Dr Hiber­nica Finch’s Com­pelling Com­pendium of Ir­ish An­i­mals — Rob Maguire, il­lus. Aga Grandow­icz (Lit­tle Is­land Books) Peo­ple on the Pier — Betty Sten­son and Mar­ian Therese Keyes (New Is­land Books)

Hu­manol­ogy — Pro­fes­sor Luke O’neill (Gill Books) Blaz­ing A Trail — Ir­ish Women Who IN THE RUN­NING: (above from left; Ce­celia Ah­ern; Joanna Don­nelly; An­drea Mara; An Post CEO David Mcred­mond and host Keelin Shan­ley. (Left) Holly White and (right) Niall Bres­lin

Changed the World — Sarah Webb, il­lus. Lau­ren O’neill (The O’brien Press)

Na­tional Book To­kens Chil­dren’s Book of the Year (Ju­nior)

The First Christ­mas Jumper (And the Sheep Who Changed Ev­ery­thing) — Ryan Tubridy, il­lus. Chris Judge (Walker Books) The Magic Mo­ment — Niall Bres­lin, il­lus. Sheena Dempsey (Gill Books) The Pres­i­dent’s Cat — Pe­ter Don­nelly (Gill Books) Here We Are: Notes for Liv­ing on Planet Earth — Oliver Jef­fers (Harper­Collins Chil­dren’s Books) The Pooka Party — Shona Shirley Mac­don­ald (The O’brien Press) I Say Ooh, You Say Aah — John Kane (Tem­plar Press)

Na­tional Book To­kens Chil­dren’s Book of the Year (Se­nior)

Tin — Padraig Kenny (Chicken House) The Trou­ble with Per­fect — He­lena Dug­gan (Us­borne Pub­lish­ing) Se­cret Science: The Amaz­ing World Be­yond Your Eyes — Dara O Bri­ain, il­lus. Dan Bram­mall (Scholas­tic) The Storm Keeper’s Is­land — Cather­ine Doyle (Blooms­bury Chil­dren’s Books) Blaz­ing A Trail: Ir­ish Women Who Changed the World — Sarah Webb, il­lus. Lau­ren O’neill (The O’brien Press) The Dog Who Lost His Bark — Eoin Colfer il­lus P J Lynch (Walker Books)

Dept 51@Ea­son Teen/young Adult Book of the Year

Doc­tor Who: Twelve An­gels Weep­ing — Dave Rud­den (BBC Chil­dren’s Books) The Sur­face Breaks — Louise O’neill (Scholas­tic) The Wren Hunt — Mary Wat­son (Blooms­bury) The Weight of a Thou­sand Feath­ers — Brian Con­aghan (Blooms­bury) Spare and Found Parts — Sarah Maria Grif­fin (Ti­tan Books) Dark Wood Dark Wa­ter — Tina Cal­laghan (Pool­beg)

Ea­son Book Club Novel of the Year

Milk­man — Anna Burns (Faber & Faber) From a Low and Quiet Sea — Donal Ryan (Dou­ble­day Ire­land) A Lad­der to the Sky — John Boyne (Dou­ble­day) Nor­mal Peo­ple — Sally Rooney (Faber & Faber) Trav­el­ling in a Strange Land — David Park (Blooms­bury Pub­lish­ing) Fu­ture Popes of Ire­land — Dar­ragh Martin (Fourth Es­tate)

Spec­savers Pop­u­lar Fic­tion Book of the Year

The Im­por­tance of Be­ing Ais­ling — Emer Mclysaght and Sarah Breen (Gill Books) Let­ters to My Daugh­ters — Emma Han­ni­gan (Ha­chette Books Ire­land) Grace Af­ter Henry — Eithne Shorthall (Corvus) Our Se­crets and Lies — Sinead Mo­ri­arty (Pen­guin Ire­land) A Keeper — Gra­ham Nor­ton (Coronet) Danc­ing with the Tsars — Ross O’car­roll-kelly (Pen­guin Ire­land)

Ir­ish In­de­pen­dent Crime Fic­tion Book of the Year

Skin Deep — Liz Nu­gent (Pen­guin Ire­land) A House of Ghosts — W C Ryan (Bon­nier Zaf­fre) The Con­fes­sion — Jo Spain (Quer­cus) One Click — An­drea Mara (Pool­beg) The Ruin — Dervla Mc­tier­nan (Sphere) Thir­teen — Steve Ca­vanagh (Orion)

Sun­day In­de­pen­dent New­comer of the Year

The Ear­lie King and the Kid in Yel­low — Danny Den­ton (Granta Books) This Hos­tel Life — Me­latu Uche Oko­rie (Skein Press) Notes to Self — Em­i­lie Pine (Tramp Press) The Lost Let­ters of Wil­liam Woolf — He­len Cullen (Michael Joseph) Promis­ing Young Women — Caro­line

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