The acclaimed essay collection Notes to Self by Emilie Pine has been voted the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018.
Published by Tramp Press, Notes to Self is penned as a series of essays, with Pine writing about a variety of aspects of her life, including fertility, feminism, sexual violence and depression - she also addresses her personal experience of a family member's addiction.
Watch: Emilie Pine interviewed at the 2018 An Post Irish Book Awards
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Reviewing Notes To Self for RTÉ Culture, Sinead Crowley wrote 'These stories, essays, pockets of memory, however you want to refer to them are in turn heartbreaking and heart mending, raw and searingly honest. From an unflinching look at her father's alcoholism to an open and tender exploration of infertility and miscarriage, Pine leads the reader to the most intimate of destinations and in doing so explores why women hide so much of themselves from the public gaze.'
The An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018 was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent An Post Irish Book Awards - previous winners include Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, Asking for it by Louise O’Neill, The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan and Solace by Belinda McKeon.
"I'm delighted and honoured to win Irish Book of the Year," says Pine. "I have been so moved by the generosity and support of readers over the past six months. This award is the kind of validation a writer dreams of - of my story, and also of the vision of my incredible publishers, Tramp Press".