Tuesday 4 December 2012

Book award for Katie Taylor – The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

Olympic star Katie Taylor was one of the winners of the recent Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Katie won the Lifestyle Sports Sports Book of the Year for her book My Olympic Dream which tells how she got into boxing and how she prepared for the Olympics and looks back on the triumph that changed her life forever.  The late Maeve Binchy’s last novel A Week inWinter was named The Eason Popular Fiction Book of the Year. Just Mary by Mary O’Rourke won the RTÉ Radio 1’s John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award. Clare born Edna O’ Brien’s autobiography Country Girl was named The Argosy Non-Fiction Book of the Year.

Other winners were:
Eason Novel of the Year:
Ancient Light by John Banville
Ireland AM Crime Fiction Book of the Year:
Broken Harbour by Tana French
Avonmore Cookbook of the Year:
Eat like an Italian by Catherine Fulvio 
Lifestyle Sports Sports Book of the Year:
My Olympic Dream by Katie Taylor 
Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year:
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
International Education Services Best Irish Published Book of the Year:
Atlas of the Great Irish Famine by John Crowley, William J. Smyth and Mike Murphy 
Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year: Junior
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year:  Senior
Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Bord Gáis Energy Bookshop of the Year:
Bridge Street Books, Wicklow Town

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards took place in the RDS where over 50 Irish authors gathered with 350 guests to celebrate the best of Irish literature published in the last year. Among those in attendance were Senator David Norris, hurling star Lar Corbett, comedian Maeve Higgins, novelists Joseph O’ Connor and Cecelia Ahern and children’s author Derek Landy. This is the seventh year of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, which are dedicated to honouring Irish writers across the entire publishing spectrum. The public were asked to vote for their favourite titles in the shortlist for each category and over 42, 000 votes were cast this year. The public can now vote for their overall Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year by going to www.irishbookawards.ie. Voting is open until December 14th and the winner will be announced on Monday 16th December. Last year’s winner was Belinda McKeown for her debut novel, Solace.

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