Jeffrey Archer will be given the inaugural International Recognition Award at this week’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.
The award has been introduced to honour international writers who, in the view of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards board, have contributed substantially to the health and wealth of the Irish book-trade.
Recipients will have a “large corpus of popular work behind them…sales figures counted in millions”, will have demonstrated staying power and longevity and will have “endeared themselves to Irish booksellers throughout their long careers”.
Speaking about Archer, the board of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards said: “For nigh on four decades, Jeffrey Archer has been a one-man publishing industry combining his unique storytelling ability with an indefatigable energy that has seen him top bestseller lists around the world with sales of over 270m copies for his many novels and short story collections. These are phenomenal numbers by any standards and the pace shows no sign of slowing. It’s difficult to imagine that Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (Pan) was published as long ago as 1976 but 38 years on, he is still producing bestselling fiction with impressive regularity; volume five of the Clifton Chronicles, an ambitious project that tells the extraordinary story of Harry Clifton, will be published in February of next year.”
The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards are dedicated to honouring Irish writers across the entire publishing spectrum. Among the authors shortlisted this year are Roddy Doyle, Colm Tóibín, John Boyne, Roy Keane, Graham Norton, Cecilia Ahern and Cathy Kelly ().
The awards will take place on Wednesday 26th November in Dublin.