Donal Ryan's debut novel The Spinning Heart has been voted the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year for 2012.
The Book of the Year was chosen from the recent category winners at the Irish Book Awards.
Ryan won Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year for The Spinning Heart at the awards.
Set in rural Ireland, The Spinning Heart brings readers into the lives of people who are trying to pick up the pieces after the boom.
You can read our review of The Spinning Heart by clicking the link on your left.
Commenting on his Book of the Year win, Ryan said: "As a newcomer, I am shocked but thrilled to win this award. With such a high calibre of authors in this category, I am truly honoured to be amongst them. A sincere thank you to all who voted."
Bert Wright, Administrator of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, said: "The Spinning Heart is the sort of debut that must hearten all who care about the Irish literary tradition. To discover a writer of such skill and assurance in a first book is truly extraordinary.
"The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Jennifer Johnston, marvelled at Donal Ryan's ability to transmute the grief and pain in the book through the sheer quality of his writing and to support this view, we are delighted now to recognise The Spinning Heart as the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2012."