Shortlist revealed for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016

BGE IBA 2016

Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Dublin on  Wednesday, 16th November


The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016 shortlist announced today features a diverse mix of exceptional  writing from new and established writers across fourteen categories, including Novel of the Year, Children’s, Cookery, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Nonfiction, Sports, Short Story and Poetry.

Now in its 11th year, 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.

Hundreds of books were submitted for consideration this year and the public are now being asked to cast their votes on the best books of the year online on the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards website Votes may be cast until midnight on the 11th November 2016 and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Dublin’s Double Tree by Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, 16th November.

The annual awards ceremony has become one of the premier events in the Irish literary calendar. Presidents, Taoisigh, Nobel Laureates, and most of the best writers in Ireland have attended this unique celebration of Irish literature which is broadcast to the nation on RTÉ TV.

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

“As the flagship event for the Irish Book Industry, the over-riding motivation behind the awards is to celebrate the extraordinary quality of Irish writing, to help bring the best books to a wider readership annually, and to promote an industry under severe competitive pressure. We’re delighted with the quality of this year’s shortlist – sincere congratulations to all the shortlisted authors and their publishers.”

Dave Kirwan, Managing Director at Bord Gáis Energy, added: ‘The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Books Awards is widely regarded as the highlight of the Irish literary calendar. Year after year, the shortlist features an impressively high standard of Irish writers, and this year is no different. I’d like to congratulate all this year’s shortlisted authors and publishers and wish the very best of luck to each and every one.’

This year, anyone who casts their vote on the website, will be in with the chance of winning a €100 voucher from National Book Tokens.


Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016 Shortlist

Eason Novel of the Year

  • All We Shall Know – Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)
  • Days Without End – Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber)
  • Solar Bones – Mike McCormack (Tramp Press)
  • The Lesser Bohemians – Eimear McBride (Faber & Faber)
  • The Wonder – Emma Donoghue (Pan Macmillan/Picador)
  • This Must Be The Place – Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press)

The Best Irish published Book of the Year

  • All Through the Night – Edited by Marie Heaney (Poetry Ireland)
  • Dublin since 1922 – Tim Carey (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Looking Back: The Changing Faces of Ireland – Eric Luke (The O’Brien Press)
  • Modern Ireland in 100 Artworks – Edited by Fintan O’Toole  (Royal Irish Academy)
  • The Invisible Art: A Century of Music in Ireland 1916-2016 – Michael Dervan (New Island Books)
  • The Glass Shore – Sinéad Gleeson (New Island Books)


Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

  • Himself – Jess Kidd (Canongate Books)
  • Red Dirt – E.M. Reapy (Head of Zeus)
  • The Last Days of Summer – Vanessa Ronan (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Maker of Swans – Paraic O’Donnell (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • The Things I Should Have Told You – Carmel Harrington (HarperCollins)
  • This Living and Immortal Thing – Austin Duffy (Granta Books)


National Book Tokens Nonfiction Book of the Year

  • I Read The News Today, Oh Boy – Paul Howard (Picador)
  • Ireland The Autobiography – John Bowman (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Hurley Maker’s Son – Patrick Deeley (Doubleday Ireland)
  • The Supreme Court – Ruadhán Mac Cormaic (Penguin Ireland)
  • Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir – John Banville & Paul Joyce (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • When Ideas Matter – Michael D. Higgins (Head of Zeus)

RTE Radio One Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice

  • Lying In Wait – Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)
  • Conclave – Robert Harris (Hutchinson)
  • Dictatorship: My Teenage War With OCD – Rebecca Ryan (On Stream Publications Ltd)
  • All Through the Night – Edited by Marie Heaney (Poetry Ireland)
  • All We Shall Know – Donal Ryan (Transworld Ireland)
  • Victim Without A Face – Stefan Ahnhem (Head of Zeus)

Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year

  • In Glasnevin – Jane Clarke (From: The Irish Times)
  • Patagonia – Emma McKervey (From: The Compass Magazine)
  • Suppose I Lost – Andrew Soye (From: Abridged Magazine)
  • Love / Hotel / Love – Michael Naghtan Shanks (From: Poetry Ireland Review)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)

  • A Child of Books – Sam Winston and Oliver Jeffers (Walker Books)
  • Goodnight Everyone – Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
  • Historopedia – Fatti and John Burke (Gill Books)
  • Pigín of Howth – Kathleen Watkins (Gill Books)
  • Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits – Julian Gough & Jim Field (Hachette Children’s Group)
  • Rover and the Big Fat Baby – Roddy Doyle (Pan Macmillan)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)

  • Knights of the Borrowed Dark – Dave Rudden (Puffin)
  • The Book of Shadows – E.R. Murray (Mercier Press)
  • The Making of Mollie – Anna Carey (The O’Brien Press)
  • Needlework – Deirdre Sullivan (Little Island Books)
  • Nothing Tastes As Good – Claire Hennessy (Hot Key Books)
  • Flawed – Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Avonmore Cookbook of the Year

  • Recipes For A Nervous Breakdown – Sophie White (Gill Books)
  • The World of The Happy Pear – Stephen and David Flynn (Penguin Ireland)
  • Natural Born Feeder – Roz Purcell (Gill Books)
  • The Little Green Spoon – Indy Power (Ebury Press)
  • Neven Maguire’s Complete Family Cookbook – Neven Maguire (Gill Books)
  • The Brother Hubbard – Garrett Fitzgerald (Gill Books)

Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year

  • Game of Throw-Ins – Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (Penguin Ireland)
  • Lyrebird – Cecelia Ahern (HarperCollins)
  • Rebel Sisters – Marita Conlon-McKenna (Transworld Ireland)
  • The Girl From The Savoy – Hazel Gaynor (HarperCollins)
  • The Privileged – Emily Hourican (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Holding – Graham Norton (Hodder & Stoughton)

Ireland AM Popular Nonfiction Book of the Year

  • Adventures of a Wonky-Eyed Boy – Jason Byrne (Gill Books)
  • Fat Chance – Louise McSharry (Penguin Ireland)
  • Making It Up As I Go Along – Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
  • Pippa – Pippa O’Connor (Penguin Ireland)
  • Talking to Strangers – Michael Harding (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Pussy: Before I Forget to Remember – Alan Amsby/David Kenny (New Island Books)

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year

  • Blood, Sweat & McAteer – Jason McAteer (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Coolmore Stud, Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Success Story – Alan Conway (Mercier Press)
  • My Life in Rugby – Donal Lenihan (Transworld Ireland)
  • Out of Control – Cathal Mc Carron (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Battle – Paul O’Connell (Penguin Ireland)
  • Win or Learn – John Kavanagh (Penguin Ireland) Short Story of the Year

  • Here We Are – Lucy Caldwell (Faber&Faber)
  • K-K-K – Lauren Foley (Ol Society – Australia)
  • The Visit – Orla McAlinden (Sowilo Press)
  • Green Amber Red – Jane Casey (New Island)
  • The Birds of June – John Connell (Granta Magazine)
  • What a River Remembers of its Course – Gerard Beirne (Numero Cinq Magazine)

Books Are My Bag Crime Fiction Award

  • Distress Signals – Catherine Ryan Howard (Atlantic Books (Corvus)
  • Little Bones – Sam Blake (Bonnier Zaffre)
  • Lying In Wait – Liz Nugent (Penguin Ireland)
  • The Constant Soldier – William Ryan (Mantle)
  • The Drowning Child – Alex Barclay (HarperCollins)
  • The Trespasser – Tana French (Hachette Ireland)