Keelin Shanley, Graham Norton and Professor Luke O’Neill were among the winning authors at this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards, held virtually on rte.ie/culture - read the list of winners and watch the ceremony below, and view a gallery of the winning authors above.
Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Dara McAnulty and Sinéad Burke all claimed victory with their debut books, while the Novel of the Year Award was won by Donal Ryan, for Strange Flowers.
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Watch: An Post Irish Book Awards ceremony 2020
This year’s awards attracted a record number of votes from the Irish public, and, for the first time ever, audiences around the world were able to watch the An Post Irish Book Awards ceremony as it happened, via RTÉ Culture - audiences can also catch up via RTÉ Player.
An Post Irish Book Awards 2020 - the winners
RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award
· A Light That Never Goes Out – Keelin Shanley (Gill Books)
Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year
· Champagne Football – Mark Tighe & Paul Rowan (Sandycove)
Bookselling Ireland Cookbook of the Year
· Neven Maguire’s Midweek Meals in Minutes – Neven Maguire (Gill Books)
Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year
· After the Silence – Louise O’Neill (Quercus)
Odgers Berndtson Non-Fiction Book of the Year in association with The Business Post
· A Ghost in the Throat – Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Tramp Press)
TheJournal.ie Best Irish-Published Book of the Year
· Old Ireland in Colour – John Breslin & Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley (Merrion Press)
Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year
· Cnámh – Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde (Éabhlóid)
Dept51@Eason Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year
· Savage Her Reply – Deirdre Sullivan, illustrated by Karen Vaughan (Little Island Books)
Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year – Senior
· Break the Mould – Sinéad Burke, illustrated by Natalie Byrne (Hachette Children's Books – Imprint: Wren & Rook)
Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year – Junior
· The Great Irish Farm Book – Darragh McCullough, illustrated by Sally Caulwell (Gill Books)
Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year
· Diary of a Young Naturalist – Dara McAnulty, illustrated by Barry Falls (Little Toller Books)
National Book Tokens Popular Fiction Book of the Year
· Home Stretch – Graham Norton (Coronet, Hodder & Stoughton)
Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year
· In the Museum of Misremembered Things – Linda McKenna (Doire Press)
Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award
· I Ate It All And I Really Thought I Wouldn’t – Caoilinn Hughes (LitHub)
Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year
· Never Mind the Boll***s, Here’s the Science – Luke O’Neill (Gill Books)
Eason Novel of the Year
· Strange Flowers – Donal Ryan (Doubleday Ireland)
First awarded in 2006, the An Post Irish Book Awards showcase a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across sixteen categories, with this year's awards ceremony taking place online due to the global pandemic. The awards are Ireland’s biggest literary celebration, championing everything from novels and non-fiction to poetry, short stories and the Irish language.
The overall winner of the An Post Irish Book of the Year will be unveiled in a television programme, presented by Miriam O Callaghan, on RTÉ One at 10.15 pm on Thursday, 10 December.