Binchy set for accolade at Irish Book Awards

Binchy set for accolade at Irish Book Awards

<p>Maeve Binchy is set to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Bord G&aacute;is Energy Irish Book Awards 2010, as the shortlist is unveiled.</p><p>Authors including Colum McCann, Cathy Kelly, Cecelia Ahern and Joseph O&#39;Connor, newcomer Amy Huberman and children&rsquo;s author John Boyne have been nominated across the 10 categories. The public can vote on the best books of the last year on www.irishbookawards.ie with every person voting in with a chance of winning one of five Eu100 National Book Token vouchers. Votes can be cast until midnight November 21st 2010. The shortlist was compiled by a panel of booksellers and librarians across Ireland.</p><p>The awards ceremony will take place in The Round Room at the Mansion House in Dublin on 25th November. </p><p>Tom Owens, trading director at Eason and chairman of the Bord G&aacute;is Energy Irish Book Awards, said: &ldquo;The new look Bord G&aacute;is Energy Irish Book Awards is a welcome leap forward for the Irish book sector. These industry-wide awards allow us to showcase the rich and diverse selection of Irish writing available and we are proud to say that 2010 has produced a fine selection of books that would rival any on the world stage. In these difficult times, nothing represents value for money better than a book and it is important to use these awards as a platform to celebrate our Irish authors and recognise their talent.&rdquo;</p><p>David Bunworth, managing director at Bord G&aacute;is Energy, said: &ldquo;The new Bord G&aacute;is Energy Irish Book Awards is a fantastic event which celebrates the very best of Irish writing both at home and abroad. This year&rsquo;s shortlist is a tribute to the talent and range that exists in Irish writing. It will be hard to choose one but I would encourage people to cast their vote and pick deserving winners.&rdquo;<br /><br />The full shortlists for the 10 categories in the &lsquo;Bord G&aacute;is Energy Irish Book Awards 2010&rsquo; are:<br /><br />The Hughes &amp; Hughes Irish Novel of the Year:<br /><em>Let the Great World Spin</em> by Colum McCann (Bloomsbury) <br /><em>Brooklyn</em> by Colm Toibin (Viking)<br /><em>Skippy Dies</em> by Paul Murray (Hamish Hamilton)<br /><em>Ghost Light</em> by Joseph O&#39;Connor (Harvill Secker)<br /><em>The Dead Republic</em> by Roddy Doyle (Cape) <br /><em>Room</em> by Emma Donoghue (Pan Macmillan) <br /><br />RT&Eacute; Radio 1&rsquo;s The John Murray Show Listeners&rsquo; Choice Award:<br /><em>Freedom</em> by Jonathan Franzen (Fourth Estate) <br /><em>The Slap </em>by Christos Tsiolkas (Tuskar Rock) <br /><em>A Journey</em> by Tony Blair (Hutchinson) <br /><em>At Five in the Afternoon</em> by Michael Murphy (Brandon) <br /><em>The Book of Tomorrow</em> by Cecelia Ahern (Harper Collins) <br /><em>Come What May</em> by Donal Og Cusack (Penguin Ireland) <br /><br />The Ireland AM Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year:<br /><em>City of Lost Girls </em>by Declan Hughes (John Murray) <br /><em>Time of Death</em> by Alex Barclay (Harper Collins) <br /><em>Faithful Place </em>by Tana French (Hachette) <br /><em>The Missing </em>by Jane Casey (Ebury) <br /><em>Dark Times in the City</em> by Gene Kerrigan (Vintage) <br /><em>The Twelve </em>by Stuart Neville (Vintage) <br /><br />The Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year:<br /><em>Wasters</em> by Shane Ross and Nick Webb (Penguin Ireland) <br /><em>Who Really Runs Ireland</em> by Matt Cooper (Penguin Ireland) <br /><em>Ship of Fools</em> by Fintan O&#39;Toole (Faber) <br />At Five in the Afternoon by Michael Murphy (Brandon) <br /><em>A Coward If I Return A Hero If I Fall</em> by Neil Richardson (O&rsquo;Brien Press) <br /><em>JFK in Ireland: Four Days that Changed a President</em> by Ryan Tubridy (Collins) <br /><br />Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year:<br /><em>Stand By Me</em> by Sheila O&#39;Flanagan (Headline) <br /><em>Pieces of my Heart</em> by Sinead Moriarty (Penguin Ireland) <br /><em>Hello, Heartbreak</em> by Amy Huberman (Penguin Ireland) <br /><em>At Home with the Templetons</em> by Monica McInerney (Pan Macmillan) <br /><em>The Oh My God Delusion</em> by Ross O&#39;Carroll Kelly (Penguin Ireland) <br /><em>Homecoming</em> by Cathy Kelly (Harper Collins) <br /><br />Energise Sport Irish Sports Book of the Year:<br /><em>A Football Man</em> by John Giles (Hachette Books Ireland) <br /><em>Screaming at the Sky</em> by Tony Griffin (Transworld Ireland) <br /><em>The Ecstasy and the Agony</em> by Damien Tiernan (Hachette Books Ireland) <br /><em>Lansdowne Road - The Stadium, The Matches, The Greatest Days</em> by Gerard Siggins &amp; Malachy Clerkin (O&#39;Brien Press) <br /><em>Come What May</em> by Donal Og Cusack (Penguin Ireland) <br /><em>Ruby: The Autobiography</em> by Ruby Walsh (Orion) <br /><br />Irish Newcomer of the Year: <br /><em>The Twelve</em> by Stuart Neville (Vintage) <br /><em>JFK in Ireland: Four Days that Changed a President</em> by Ryan Tubridy (Collins) <br /><em>The Soldier&#39;s Song</em> by Alan Monaghan (Pan Macmillan) <br /><em>Not Untrue and Not Unkind </em>by Ed O&#39;Loughlin (Penguin Ireland) <br /><em>If I Never See You Again</em> by Niamh O&#39;Connor (Transworld) <br /><em>Hello, Heartbreak</em> by Amy Huberman (Penguin Ireland) <br /><br />International Education Services Best Irish Published Book of the Year:<br /><em>Strangest Genius; the Stained Glass of Harry Clarke</em> by Lucy Costigan &amp; Michael Cullen (History Press) <br /><em>Vanishing Ireland: Further Chronicles of a Disappearing World</em> by Turtle Bunbury &amp; James Fennell (Hachette Books Ireland) <br /><em>Good Mood Food</em> by Donal Skehan (Mercier) <br /><em>From the Republic of Conscience: Stories Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights</em> by Various (Liberties Press) <br /><em>Catherine&#39;s Italian Kitchen</em> by Catherine Fulvio (Gill &amp; Macmillan) <br /><em>The Beaut.ie Guide to Gorgeous</em> by Aisling McDermott (Gill &amp; Macmillan) <br /><br />The Dublin Airport Authority Irish Children&rsquo;s Book of the Year:<br /><br />Junior<br /><em>Adam&#39;s Pirate Treasure</em> by Benji Bennett (Adams Printing Press) <br /><em>The Heart and the Bottle</em> by Oliver Jeffers (Harper Collins Children&#39;s Books) <br /><em>On the Road with Mavis and Marge </em>by Niamh Sharkey (Walker Books) <br /><em>Alfie Green and the Chocolate Cosmos</em> by Joe O&#39;Brien (O&#39;Brien Press) <br /><br />Senior<br /><em>Ask Amy Green: Bridesmaid Blitz</em> by Sarah Webb (Walker Books) <br /><em>Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil</em> by Derek Landy (Harper Collins Children&#39;s Books) <br /><em>Timecatcher</em> by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Orion) <br /><em>Noah Barleywater Runs Away</em> by John Boyne (David Fickling) <br /><br />Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in Irish Literature:<br />Maeve Binchy </p>