Whether you’re looking for inspiration for Christmas gifts or simply need a good book to cuddle with on cold winter evenings, these Irish Book Award winners are sure to be a gamble.
Sally Rooney, Fintan O’Toole and Louise Nealon are among the winning authors of the An Post Irish Book Awards 2021. The award winners were announced on RTÉ’s website on November 23, according to The Irish Times.
Bestselling author Sally Rooney has won the Novel of the Year award for the second time with her book “Beautiful World, Where Are You.” Her previous novel, “Normal People,” which was adapted into a popular television series, won the Novel of the Year award in 2018.
Shortlisted for Novel of the Year were Claire Keegan’s “Small Things Like These” and Colm Tóibín’s “The Magician.”
The 2021 Non-Fiction Book of the Year award went to Fintan O’Toole for “We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958.”
And it’s impressive that co-authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen won Popular Fiction Book of the Year for the third time in four years, this time for the fourth book in their best-selling ‘Aisling’ series, ‘Aisling and the City’. .
Louise Nealon was named Newcomer of the Year for her debut ‘Snowflake’, while Catherine Ryan Howard won Crime Fiction Book of the Year for ’56 Days’, a book set during the lockdown.
Rugby star Keith Earls won Sports Book of the Year for his autobiography “Fight Or Flight: My Life, My Choices”.
Kennys Bookshop and Art Gallery in Galway was named Bookshop of the Year, a new category created this year.
Sebastian Barry, the 2019-2021 Irish Fiction Laureate, has won the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award. Other distinguished recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award over the years have included Colm Tóibín, Maeve Binchy and Seamus Heaney.
The An Post Irish Book Awards, which started in 2006, are now Ireland’s biggest literary celebration. The awards showcase a diverse mix of exceptional writing by new and established Irish writers across 20 categories, reports TheJournal.ie.
This year’s awards drew more than 187,500 votes from the public, 33 percent more than 202. The votes are weighted equally with those from an academy of 300 booksellers, librarians, authors, reviewers and journalists.
John Treacy, chairman of the awards, said: “We are really lucky to have such great writers in this country. We have so many promising young writers, more female writers than ever, writers representing minority and marginalized Irish communities, and this is only going to increase in the coming years.
“I would like to congratulate all the winners and also the nominees in each category. It has been another great year for Irish literature.”
Voting is now open for the Irish Book of the Year, which will be announced in a one-hour special on RTÉ One on 8 December. All voters have a chance to win €100 in National Book Tokens.
For more information, visit the Irish Book Awards website here.
Here is the full list of the winners of the An Post Irish Book Awards 2021:
novel of the year
“Beautiful World, Where Are You” by Sally Rooney
Crime fiction book of the year
“56 days” by Catherine Ryan Howard
Sports book of the year
“Fight or Flight: My Life, My Choices” by Keith Earls, with Tommy Conlon
Newcomer of the year
“Snowflake” by Louise Nealon
Non-Fiction Book of the Year
“We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958” by Fintan O’Toole
Biography of the Year
“Did you hear that Mommy passed away?” by Séamas O’Reilly
Cookbook of the Year
“Everyday Cook” by Donal Skehan
Popular fiction book of the year
“Aisling and the City” by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
Lifestyle book of the year
“Decor Galore” by Laura De Barra
Best Irish published book of the year
“Ireland’s Coastal Atlas” by Val Cummins, Robert Devoy, Barry Brunt, Darius Bartlett, Sarah Kandrot
Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)
“A Hug for You” by David King, illustrated by Rhiannon Archard
Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)
“The Summer I Robbed a Bank” by David O’Doherty, illustrated by Chris Judge
Book of the Year for Teens and Young Adults
“The New Girl” by Sinead Moriarty
RTÉ Audience Award
“Your One Wild And Precious Life” by Maureen Gaffney
Author of the year
Short story of the year
“Little Lives” by Deirdre Sullivan
Irish Poem of the Year
“Longboat at Portafery” by Siobhan Campbell
Irish Language Book of the YearR
“Madame Lazare” by Tadgh Mac Dhonnagain
Bookstore of the Year
Kennys Bookshop and Art Gallery, Galway