Carmel’s book in run­ning for pop­u­lar fic­tion award

Wexford People - - NEWS -

WEX­FORD au­thor Carmel Har­ring­ton’s fifth novel, The Woman at 72 Derry Lane, has been short­listed in the Spec­savers Pop­u­lar Fic­tion Book of The Year cat­e­gory, in this year’s pres­ti­gious Bord Gáis En­ergy Ir­ish Book Awards.

Carmel who lives in Screen was also short­listed in 2016 for her fourth novel The Things I Should Have Told You.

The Woman at 72 Derry Lane is a com­pelling story which takes the reader from Ire­land to Thai­land on an emo­tional roller­coaster, as it re­veals the hid­den se­crets of two res­i­dents on Derry Lane - Rea and Stella, who are both pris­on­ers in their own homes.

The book which is cur­rently a top five Ama­zon best­seller re­mained in the Ir­ish top ten charts for five weeks.

The 2017 win­ners will be de­cided by an on­line web-poll di­vided into two con­stituen­cies, a pub­lic vote and a spe­cial­ist Academy vote, weighted equally and com­bined to pro­duce the win­ners.

Read­ers can vote for their favourite reads at www.irish­bookawards.ir­ish where all short­listed books and au­thors are listed.

Camel is bat­tling it out against au­thors Mar­ian Keyes, Patricia Scan­lan, Melissa Hill, Ross O’Car­roll Kelly and Sinead Mo­ri­arty for the cov­eted award.

Ear­lier this year, Carmel pub­lished Cold Feet The Lost Years, an of­fi­cial ITV novel, based on the pop­u­lar TV show, Cold Feet, which be­came a UK Top 20 best­seller. Carmel said she was de­lighted her book had made the short­list for the Pop­u­lar Fic­tion Book of the Year.

‘I feel priv­i­leged that I get to do some­thing ev­ery day that I adore. To be short­listed in such a pres­ti­gious award, with writ­ers that I have ad­mired for years, is a great hon­our. I pushed my­self writ­ing The Woman at 72 Derry Lane, there were times I thought I’d never reach the end. This makes ev­ery late night, ev­ery sac­ri­fice, worth­while.’

The win­ners will be an­nounced at the Gala Din­ner and Awards cer­e­mony on November 28, which will be filmed by RTE.

Carmel Har­ring­ton’s book, The Woman at 72 Derry Lane, has been short­listed in the Bord Gais En­ergy Ir­ish Book awards.

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