Binchy wins Lifetime Achievement Award

<p>Maeve Binchy was awarded the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award last night (25th November) at the Bord G&aacute;is Energy Irish Book Awards 2010. <br /><br />Emma Donoghue, Paul Howard and Derek Landy also took home gongs at the awards, which were hosted to celebrate the best of Irish literature published in the last year.</p><p>Donoghue won the Hughes &amp; Hughes Irish Novel of the Year for her Man Booker-shortlisted <em>Room</em> (Picador), while the Eason Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year went to <em>The Oh My God Delusion</em> by Ross O&#39;Carroll Kelly (Penguin Ireland) <br /><br />Ryan Tubridy won the Irish Newcomer of the Year for <em>JFK in Ireland: Four Days that Changed a President </em>(Collins). <br /><em><br />Come What May</em> by Donal Og Cusack (Penguin Ireland) won the RTE Radio 1&rsquo;s The John Murray Show Listerners&rsquo; Choice Award; <em>Dark Times in the City</em> by Gene Kerrigan (Vintage) won the Ireland AM Irish Crime Fiction Book of the Year; and the Argosy Irish Non-Fiction Book of the Year was <em>A Coward If I Return A Hero If I Fall</em> by Neil Richardson (O&rsquo;Brien Press). <br /><br />The Energise Sport Irish Sports Book of the Year was won by <em>A Football Man </em>by John Giles (Hachette Books Ireland) and International Education Services Best Irish Published Book of the Year went to <em>Good Mood Food </em>by Donal Skehan (Mercier).</p><p>The Dublin Airport Authority Irish Children&rsquo;s Book of the Year went to Niamh Sharkey in the Junior category for <em>On the Road with Mavis and Marge</em> (Walker), while the Senior prize went to Derek Landy&rsquo;s <em>Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil</em> (HarperCollins Children&rsquo;s Books). <br /><br />Landy was also awarded the Bord G&aacute;is Energy Irish Book of the Decade, which he won last summer, for <em>Skulduggery Pleasant. </em></p><p>The winners in each category were decided upon by a combination of votes from the public and members of the Irish Literary Academy, around 100 people connected to the book trade.&nbsp;</p>