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Seamus Heaney to get lifetime award as Irish Book Awards shortlist released

The Nobel laureate will be honoured at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards 2011.
Oct 20th 2011, 7:12 PM 604 2

NOBEL LITERATURE LAUREATE Seamus Heaney is to be honoured at next month’s Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards with a lifetime achievement award.

The shortlist of books up for prizes at the event on 24 November are:

Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year:

  • Solace by Belinda McKeon (Picador)
  • On Canaan’s Side by Sebastian Barry (Faber)
  • The Cold Eye of Heaven by Christine Dwyer Hickey (Atlantic)
  • City of Bohane by Kevin Barry (Random House)
  • The Forgotten Waltz by Anne Enright (Random House)
  • Mistaken by Neil Jordan (John Murray)

RTÉ Radio 1’s The John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award:

  • A visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Corsair)
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt (Granta)
  • How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (Ebury)
  • How the Light Gets in by Mary McEvoy (Hachette)
  • The Club by Christy O’Connor (Penguin Ireland)
  • My Dad was nearly James Bond by Des Bishop (Penguin Ireland)

The Ireland AM Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year:

  • A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black (Mantle)
  • The Bloody Meadow by William Ryan (Mantle)
  • Bloodland by Alan Glynn (Faber)
  • The Reckoning by Jane Casey (Ebury)
  • Taboo by Casey Hill (Simon & Schuster)
  • Absolute Zero Cool by Declan Burke (Liberties Press)

The Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year:

  • How Ireland Really Went Bust by Matt Cooper (Penguin Ireland)
  • Easy Meals by Rachel Allen (Collins)
  • Circles Around the Sun by Molly McCloskey (Penguin Ireland)
  • Moscow, December 25, 1991 by Conor O’Clery (Transworld Ireland)
  • Just Joe: My Autobiography by Joe Duffy (Transworld Ireland)
  • Anglo Republic by Simon Carswell (Penguin Ireland)

Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year:

  • The Time of my Life by Cecilia Ahern (Harper Collins)
  • All For You by Sheila O’Flanagan (Headline)
  • Me and My Sisters by Sinead Moriarty (Penguin Ireland)
  • Love and Marriage by Patricia Scanlan (Transworld Ireland)
  • NAMA Mia! by Ross O’Carroll Kelly (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Pink Ladies Club by Emma Hannigan (Poolbeg Press)

Irish Sports Book of the Year:

  • My Autobiography by AP McCoy (Orion)
  • Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson by Paul Kimmage (Simon & Schuster)
  • Walk On: My Life in Red by Ronnie Whelan and Tommy Conlon (Simon & Schuster)
  • A Parish Far from Home by Philip O’Connor (Gill & Macmillan)
  • Joking Apart: My Autobiography by Donncha O’Callaghan (Transworld Ireland)
  • Inside the Peloton by Nicolas Roche (Transworld Ireland)

Sunday Independent Best Irish Newcomer of the Year:

  • The Tenderloin by John Butler (Picador)
  • Solace by Belinda McKeon (Picador)
  • The Better Half by Sarah Harte (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Lingerie Designer by Siobhan McKenna (Poolbeg Press)
  • Salty Baby by Orla Tinsley (Hachette)
  • My Dad was nearly James Bond by Des Bishop (Penguin Ireland)

International Education Services Best Irish Published Book of the Year:

  • Catherine’s Family Kitchen by Catherine Fulvio (Gill & Macmillan)
  • Make Bake Love by Lilly Higgins (Gill & Macmillan)
  • Revolution by Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc (Mercier)
  • The Other Ireland by Mary Jones (Gill & Macmillan)
  • Connemara: A Little Gaelic Kingdom by Tim Robinson (Penguin Ireland)
  • Gorgeous to Go by Aisling McDermott (Gill & Macmillan)

Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year:


  • Adam’s World of Wonders by Benji Bennett (Adams Printing Press)
  • The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge (Andersen Press)
  • Sally Go Round the Stars by Sarah Webb and Steve McCarthy with Claire Ranson (O’Brien Press)
  • Stuck by Oliver Jeffers (Harper Collins Childrens)
  • Marco Moves In by Gerry Boland (O’Brien Press)


  • The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood by Darren Shan (Harper Collins Childrens)
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer by Derek Landy (Harper Collins Childrens)
  • And For Your Information… by Denise Deegan (Hachette)
  • Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent by Alan Early (Mercier)
  • The Real Rebecca by Anna Carey (O’Brien)

To vote on the best books of last year, go to the Irish Book Awards website.

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