There are five must-read titles nominated in the RTÉ Audience Choice Award category at the Irish Book Awards 2021 - vote for your favourite book here, and listen to interviews with the shortlisted authors below.


Openhearted - Ann Ingle talks to Ray D'Arcy

Candid about everything that matters - love, sex, heartbreak, money, class, religion, mental health, rearing children (and letting them go), reading and writing, ageing - Openhearted is a compelling story about living life in a spirit of curiosity and delight and with a willingness to look for good in others.

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Nora - Nuala O'Connor talks to RTÉ Arena

When Nora Barnacle, a twenty-year-old from Galway working as a maid at Finn's Hotel, meets young James Joyce on a summer’s day in Dublin, she is instantly attracted to him, natural and daring in his company. But she cannot yet imagine the extraordinary life they will share together. All Nora knows is she likes her Jim enough to leave behind family and home, in search of a bigger, more exciting life.

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Your One Wild and Precious Life - Maureen Gaffney talks to Brendan O'Connor

Using the latest ground-breaking research, leading psychologist Maureen Gaffney has written an inspiring and practical guide for getting to grips with time. Taking the key stages of our life - from infancy to old age - she explores what we learn at each stage. And, crucially, she explains how, no matter what has happened in the past, and what age you are, you can find a better route forward.

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As The Smoke Clears - Zoe Holohan talks to Joe Duffy

On 23 July 2018, in the seaside town of Mati in Greece, Zoe Holohan and her husband of four days were enjoying the beginning of their honeymoon. Then disaster struck. As the Smoke Clears is a deeply personal journey through a life-altering year which, at its heart, teaches us to seek hope and happiness in even the most tragic of circumstances, and to find comfort in the enduring kindness of our fellow human beings.

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Nanny, Ma and Me - Jade Jordan talks to Ryan Tubridy

Jade Jordan's grandmother, Kathleen, left Ireland for England in the late 1950s to train as a nurse. While there, she fell in love and married a Jamaican man. They had two sons and a daughter, Dominique, and settled in London’s diverse and multi-cultural Walthamstow. But when Kathleen decided to return home to Dublin, she discovered that the colour of her children’s skin set them apart — and that their new lives in Ireland would be very different to the ones they had known. In this honest, warm-hearted and often humorous multi-generational memoir, Kathleen, Dominique and her daughter Jade each tell their story.

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The Irish Book Awards will take place on Tuesday 23rd November in the Convention Centre in Dublin (subject to any change in government guidelines) - the event will also be live-streamed here on RTÉ Culture. Find out more about this year's Irish Book Awards shortlist here.