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TO see 28 titles across eight categories in this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards is evidence of a very strong year for non-fiction in publishing. Some real beauties adorn the shortlist for the Thejournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year. Roger O’reilly’s Lighthouses Of Ireland (Collins Press) is a companion piece to the recent RTE series, while People On The Pier (New Island) also shines light on a storied maritime history. Gill Books have two entries — Prof Luke O’neill’s Humanology, and The Great Irish Weather Book, Joanna Donnelly and Fuchsia Macaree’s celebration of the most discussed subject in Ireland. More fare for younger readers is found in Dr Hibernica Finch’s Compelling Compendium Of Irish Animals (Little Island) by Rob Maguire and Aga Grandowicz.
Rounding off that category is Blazing A Trail: Irish Women Who Changed The World (O’brien) by Sarah Webb & Lauren O’neill, which also gets a nod for the National Book Tokens Children’s Book Of The Year (Senior) alongside The Secret Science (Scholastic) from Dara O Briain. Another double nominee is Emily Pine’s Notes To Self (Tramp Press). It features in both our own Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year — where it is joined by Mind On Fire (Penguin), Arnold Thomas