Asking for It, the latest YA novel by Louise O’Neill (Quercus), has won the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year 2015 - the only prize at the Irish Book Awards that is voted for by the public.
O’Neill was in the running for the book after being announced as the winner of the Specsavers children’s book of the year (senior) at the awards in November. Every category winner was then put into a public vote to win the overall prize, so O’Neill was competing against authors such as Anne Enright and the Irish children’s laureate Eoin Colfer.
Speaking about her win, O’Neill said: “I’m delighted to have won. Irish readers have taken this novel to their hearts in a way that has been both humbling and hugely exciting, and I can’t express enough how grateful I am. This is the perfect way to end a rather crazy year.”
Dave Kirwan, chief operating officer at Bord Gáis Energy, said: “There was an extremely high standard at this year’s BGE Irish Book Awards and it really was a tough competition for the overall prize. Louise O’Neill is a truly deserving winner with her book Asking for It, which has touched a chord with readers of all ages. Louise is fast making her mark in the literary world, having won Newcomer of the Year last year and now being crowned the title of overall Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year. I wish her every success in the future.”
O’Neill also won the inaugural Bookseller YA Book Prize in March for her first novel, Only Ever Yours.