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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 The­jour­ 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

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