Irish Book Awards Winners

Winners at Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015 announced.

The 2015 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards has announced it’s winners in a ceremony which took place in Dublin. The awards which celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year was was attended by Ireland’s top writers, publishers, booksellers and media personalities including novelists Edna O’ Brien, Kevin Barry, Louise O’Neill, Sara Baume and Derek Landy among others well known names in the book industry.

The big winner of the Awards was The Green Road by Anne Enright which is a family saga that spans 25 years and three continents, which was chosen as the Eason Book Club Novel of the Year. Enright, the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction, was a previous winner in 2008 for The Gathering, which also won the Man Booker Prize. Both were shortlisted last week for Costa awards. The Green Road was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Independent publishers were represented by New Island Books for The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson, up-and-coming small publisher, Tramp Press for Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume and Quercus Books for Asking For It by Louise O’ Neill.

The full list of winners are:

Eason Book Club Novel of the Year
The Green Road by Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape)

TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year
The Long Gaze Back: An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson (New Island Books)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)
Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)
Asking For It by Louise O’ Neill (Quercus Books)

Avonmore Cookbook of the Year
The Virtuous Tart by Susan Jane White (Gill & Macmillan)

Ireland AM Crime Book of the Year
After the Fire by Jane Casey (Ebury Press)

Irish Independent Popular Fiction Book of the Year
The Way We Were by Sinead Moriarty (Penguin Ireland)

National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Children of the Rising by Joe Duffy (Hachette Books Ireland)

Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year
Until Victory Always: A Memoir by Jim McGuinness (Gill & Macmillan)

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume (Tramp Press)

Books Are My Bag Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year
Me and My Mate Jeffrey by Niall Breslin (Hachette Books Ireland)

RTÉ Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award
Irelandopedia by Fatti and John Burke (Gill & Macmillan)

Writing.ie Short Story of the Year
A Slanting of the Sun by Donal Ryan (A Slanting of the Sun, Doubleday)