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EASON BOOK CLUB NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2018

THE WINNER
Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.
This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.

SHORTLIST
MILKMAN BY ANNA BURNS
FROM A LOW AND QUIET SEA BY DONAL RYAN
A LADDER TO THE SKY BY JOHN BOYNE
TRAVELLING IN A STRANGE LAND BY DAVID PARK
FUTURE POPES OF IRELAND BY DARRAGH MARTIN

THE JOURNAL.IE BEST IRISH PUBLISHED BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018

THE WINNER
Since ancient times, long before GPS, radio transmission or radar, lighthouses have served as beacons helping ships to navigate Ireland’s sometimes treacherous waters. The earliest lights were simply bonfires built on hillsides; in the fifth century, St Dubhan established a brazier of burning wood or turf on the headland of Hy Kinsellagh (now known as Hook Head). Today, despite technological advances, these coastal icons continue to serve as crucial navigational aids for the maritime traffic of our island nation, from the smallest leisure crafts to cargo ships and trawlers. By day, they mark the way with their instantly recognisable appearances; at night, by the character of their signals. One flash every two seconds tells a sailor that they are near Valentia Island off the coast of Kerry. Four flashes every twenty seconds means that they are further north, approaching Loop Head in County Clare. As well as representing a unique part of our maritime history and built heritage, lighthouses are a powerful symbol of strength and resilience in times of darkness.

SHORTLIST
THE GREAT IRISH WEATHER BOOK BY JOANNA DONNELLY
DR HIBERNICA FINCH’S COMPELLING COMPENDIUM OF IRISH ANIMALS BY ROB MAGUIRE & AGA GRANDOWICZ
PEOPLE ON THE PIER BY MARIAN THÉRÈSE KEYES & BETTY STENSON
HUMANOLOGY: A SCIENTIST’S GUIDE TO OUR AMAZING EXISTENCE BY PROFESSOR LUKE O'NEILL
BLAZING A TRAIL: IRISH WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD BY SARAH WEBB & LAUREN O'NEILL

NATIONAL BOOK TOKENS CHILDRENS BOOK OF THE YEAR (SENIOR) 2018

THE WINNER: 
True stories for everyone who dreams of changing the world. From daring aviator Lady Heath to savvy gold prospector Nellie Cashman, fearless sea captain Granuaile to world-class dancer Dame Ninette de Valois, scene-stealing actor Maureen O’Hara to record-breaking runner Sonia O’Sullivan, rebel leader Countess Markievicz to President Mary Robinson, meet the remarkable Irish women who shaped the world we live in. Discover their achievements, the ways in which they devoted their whole lives to making a difference, and with each original illustration, feel the essence of these important trailblazers. Ready to walk in their footsteps? A world of bravery and adventure awaits you!

SHORTLIST:
THE SECRET SCIENCE: THE AMAZING WORLD BEYOND YOUR EYES BY DARA Ó BRIAIN
THE DOG WHO LOST HIS BARK BY EOIN COLFER & P.J. LYNCH
TIN BY PÁDRAIG KENNY
THE STORM KEEPER’S ISLAND BY CATHERINE DOYLE
THE TROUBLE WITH PERFECT BY HELENA DUGGAN

NATIONAL BOOK TOKENS CHILDRENS BOOK OF THE YEAR (JUNIOR) 2018


WINNER: 
The forgetful President is at it again – he has returned from his holidays in Kerry without his cat! As the President’s cat tries to get back to Áras an Uachtaráin, he takes readers on a colourful adventure around Ireland, visiting some of our best known landmarks. A charming story with stunning illustrations.

SHORTLIST:
THE MAGIC MOMENT BY NIALL BRESLIN
HERE WE ARE BY OLIVER JEFFERS
I SAY OOH, YOU SAY AAH BY JOHN KANE
THE POOKA PARTY BY SHONA SHIRLEY MACDONALD
THE FIRST CHRISTMAS JUMPER: AND THE SHEEP WHO CHANGED EVERYTHING BY RYAN TUBRIDY & CHRIS JUDGE


Irish book Award Winners - Full list of winners

Novel of the Year
Normal People by Sally Rooney 

Non-Fiction Book of the Year
People Like Me by Lynn Ruane 

Popular Fiction Book of the Year
The Importance of Being Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen 

Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year
The Cow Book by John Connell 

Newcomer of the Year
Notes to Self by Emilie Pine 

Crime Fiction Book of the Year
Skin Deep by Liz Nugent 

Sports Book of the Year
Game Changer by Cora Staunton with Mary White 

Best Irish Published Book of the Year
Lighthouses of Ireland by Roger O’Reilly 

Teen / Young Adult Book of the Year
The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan 

Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)
Blazing a Trail by Sarah Webb and Lauren O’Neill 

Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)
The President’s Cat by Peter Donnelly 

Irish Language Book of the Year
Tuatha De Denann by Diarmuid Johnson 

Cookbook of the Year
Currabinny Cookbook by James Kavanagh and William Murray 

The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award
Skin Deep by Liz Nugent 

Irish Poem of the Year
Birthday by Brian Kirk

Short Story of the Year
How to Build a Space Rocket by Roisin O’Donnell (From The Broken Spiral ed. by RM Clarke)



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