Doyle, O'Toole, Banville honoured at Irish Book Awards

Authors Roddy Doyle and Fintan O'Toole were among the winners at last night's (26th November) Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013.

The eighth annual awards, held at The Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Dublin, also honoured novelist John Banville with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by actress Sinéad Cusack.

Doyle's book The Guts (Jonathan Cape) was named the Eason Novel of the Year, while A History of Ireland in 100 Objects (Royal Irish Academy) by O'Toole won the Books Are My Bag Best Irish-published Book of the Year. The writing.ie Short Story of the Year award went to The Things We Lose The Things We Leave Behind by Billy O’Callaghan (New Island Books).

Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong (Simon & Schuster), the book by journalist David Walsh about the disgraced cyclist, was named RTÉ Television Sports Book of the Year. The Clifden Bookshop in Clifden, Co. Galway, was named Bord Gáis Energy Bookshop of the Year.

A tribute to the late Seamus Heaney was screened during the ceremony, which featured accolades from former US President Bill Clinton and Edna O' Brien.

The awards, which were hosted by television channel RTE's Keelin Shanley and John Murray, are the biggest celebration of Irish books and authors and the only event of its kind in Ireland. Highlights of the awards will be shown on on RTÉ One on Saturday 30th November.


The full list of winners:
 
RTÉ Radio 1's The John Murray Show Listeners' Choice Award
Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding (Hachette Books Ireland)
 
The Eason Novel of the Year
The Guts by Roddy Doyle (Jonathan Cape)
 
The Books Are My Bag Best Irish-published Book of the Year
A History Of Ireland in 100 Objects by Fintan O'Toole (Royal Irish Academy)
 
The International Education Services Ltd Popular Fiction Book of the Year
Downturn Abbey by Ross O'Carroll Kelly (Penguin Ireland)
 
The Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year
The Doll's House by Louise Philips (Hachette Books Ireland)
 
The Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year
The Herbalist by Niamh Boyce (Penguin Books)
 
The Specsavers Children's Book of the Year Jnr
When You Were Born by Benji Bennett (Adams Printing Press)
 
The Specsavers Children's Book of the Year Snr
Skulduggery Pleasant: Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy (HarperCollins Children's Books)
 
The RTÉ Television Sports Book of the Year
Seven Deadly Sins by David Walsh (Simon & Schuester)

The Avonmore Cookbook of the Year
30 Years at Ballymaloe by Darina Allen (Kyle Books)
 
The Bord Gáis Energy Bookshop of the Year
The Clifden Bookshop, Clifden, Co. Galway
 
The Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award
John Banville