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Ireland’s favourite books for 2016 have been announced

The winners were announced at an award ceremony in Dublin tonight.

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LOOKING FOR A book recommendation?

Because the best books in Ireland for this year have just been announced, and could be a good place to start.

At a ceremony in Dublin tonight, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016 recognised authors’ works which covered a range of subjects and styles.

Renowned poet John Montague was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award and bestselling author Jilly Cooper was the recipient of the Bord Gáis Energy International Recognition Award – a special award made to international authors who have contributed substantially to the health and wealth of the Irish book-trade.

Now in its 11th year, the star-studded awards ceremony took place in Dublin’s Double Tree Hilton and was attended by Ireland’s top writers, publishers, booksellers and media personalities including writers Sebastian Barry, Maggie O’ Farrell, Donal Ryan, Marita Conlon McKenna, Roddy Doyle, Cecelia Ahern, Michael Harding, and John Bowman.

And the winners are…

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The Eason Book Club Novel of the Year
Solar Bones – Mike McCormack (Tramp Press)

The Journal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year
The Glass Shore – edited by Sinéad Gleeson (New Island Books)

The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year
Red Dirt – E.M. Reapy (Head of Zeus)

The National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year
I Read The News Today, Oh Boy – Paul Howard (Picador)

RTÉ Radio One’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice Award
Lying In Wait – Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)

The Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)
Pigín of Howth – Kathleen Watkins, illustrated by Margaret Anne Suggs (Gill Books)

The Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)
Knights of the Borrowed Dark – Dave Rudden (Puffin)

The Avonmore Cookbook of the Year
The World of The Happy Pear – Stephen and David Flynn (Penguin Ireland)

The Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year
Holding – Graham Norton (Hodder & Stoughton)

The Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Making It Up As I Go Along – Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)

The Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year
The Battle – Paul O’Connell (Penguin Ireland)

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The Books Are My Bag Crime Fiction Book of the Year
The Trespasser – Tana French (Hachette Ireland)

The Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award
The Visit – Orla McAlinden (Sowilo Press)

The Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year
In Glasnevin – Jane Clarke (From: The Irish Times)

Commenting on this year’s winners, Larry MacHale, Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards Chairperson, said:

“The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards was founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible.”

Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best Irish writing talent.”

For further information, visit the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards website here.

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