Whether you are looking for Christmas gift inspiration or just need a good book to cuddle up with on those cold winter nights, these Irish Book Award winners are a sure bet.
The An Post Irish Book Awards 2021 ceremony revealing this year's winners was broadcast online via RTÉ on November 23:
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 hit television series, won the Novel of the Year award in 2018.
The shortlist for Novel of the Year included "Small Things Like These" by Claire Keegan and "The Magician" by Colm Tóibín.
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 impressively, for the third time in four years, co-authors Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen won the Popular Fiction Book of the Year, this time for the fourth book in their bestselling "Aisling" series, "Aisling and the City."
Rugby star Keith Earls took home the Sport Book of the Year award for his autobiography"Fight Or Flight: My Life, My Choices."
Kennys Bookshop and Art Gallery in Galway was named the Bookshop of the Year, a new category created this year.
Sebastian Barry, the Laureate for Irish Fiction 2019 -2021, was awarded the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award. Other distinguished recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award through the years have included Colm Tóibín, Maeve Binchy and Seamus Heaney.
The An Post Irish Book Awards, which began in 2006, is now Ireland’s biggest literary celebration. The awards showcase a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established Irish writers across 20 categories, reports TheJournal.ie.
This year the awards attracted more than 187,500 votes from the public, up 33 percent from 202. The votes are weighted equally with those of an academy of 300 booksellers, librarians, authors, reviewers and journalists.
John Treacy, chairperson of the awards, said: “We really are so lucky to have such marvelous writers in this country. We have so many promising young writers, more women writers than ever, writers representing minority and marginalized Irish communities, and this will only grow in the years to come.
"I’d like to congratulate all of the winners and also the nominees in every category. It’s been another great year for Irish literature.”
But there's still more in store - there are six books in the running for this the Irish Book of the Year award, the winner of which will be announced in a one-hour special on RTÉ One on December 8.
For more information, visit the An Post Irish Book Awards website here.
Here is the full list of the An Post Irish Book Awards 2021 winners:
Novel of the Year
"Beautiful World, Where Are You" by Sally Rooney
Crime Fiction Book of the Year
"56 Days" by Catherine Ryan Howard
Sport 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 Ye Hear Mammy Died?" 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
"Décor Galore" by Laura De Barra
Best Irish Published Book of the Year
"The Coastal Atlas of Ireland" 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
Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year
"The New Girl" by Sinead Moriarty
RTÉ Audience Choice 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 Portaferry" by Siobhan Campbell
Irish Language Book of the Year
"Madame Lazare" by Tadgh Mac Dhonnagain
Bookshop of the Year
Kennys Bookshop and Art Gallery, Galway
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