Two books that eloquently and movingly communicate the human cost of social collapse and political failure have won top prizes this year An Post Irish Book Awardswhich took place tonight at the Convention Center Dublin.
My fourth time, we drowned, by Sally Hayden, an investigation into the migrant crisis in North Africa and Western complicity in the mistreatment of refugees, was named non-fiction book of the year. Sally Rooney called the book, which also won the Orwell Prize and the Michael Déon Prize and was shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, “the most important work of contemporary reporting I have ever read”.
Sally Hayden’s harrowing account of the plight of contemporary refugees is both a gripping epic and an intimate encounter with exact personal experience.
“Sally Hayden’s harrowing account of the plight of contemporary refugees is both a gripping epic and an intimate encounter with exact personal experience. It achieves what all great writing hopes to do: restoring humanity to those who have been deprived of it,” said Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole, also an Orwell Prize winner. Hayden reporting from Africa for The Irish Times. My Fourth Time We Drowned is his first book.
Offenses, by Louise Kennedy, a moving and searing portrait of Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles, with at its heart the doomed, tender and erotic love story of Cushla, a young Catholic teacher, and Michael, a older left-wing man, married. wing protestant lawyer, won novel of the year. Kennedy’s first collection of short stories, The end of the world is a dead end, won the John McGahern Prize for his first Irish fiction earlier this year. Trespasses is the debut novel by Kennedy, a former chef who lives in Sligo and is originally from Holywood, Co Down.
“There are shades of John McGahern in Kennedy’s surgical breakdown of coincidence and his deadly operations, and of Ciaran Carson, the winner of the otherwise invisible towns of Belfast,” Nicholas Allen wrote in his Irish Times Review. “And it’s also hard not to think of Anna Burns’ masterpiece Milkman as the nervous system of Kennedy’s bodily intrusions.”
Alice Ryan won Newcomer of the Year for her novel, There was a little incident. She is the daughter of the late Irish Times literary editor Caroline Walsh and writer James Ryan. Arts journalist Edel Coffey won Crime Novel of the Year for her debut novel, Breaking point, while Marian Keyes won popular fiction book of the year, for Rachel again, sequel to her bestseller Rachel’s Holiday.
Olympic boxing champion Kellie Harrington won Sportsbook of the Year for her memoir, Kellie, written with Roddy Doyle. RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird, along with Ray Burke, won biography of the year for Time and tide. Gutter Bookshop owner Bob Johnston won Children’s Book of the Year for our big day, illustrated by Michael Emberley. Footballer-turned-psychotherapist Richie Sadlier won Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year for Let’s talk.
Anne Enright, Ireland’s first fiction winner, 2015-2018, received the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of a literary career spanning seven novels, three collections of short stories, a memoir on motherhood and the 2007 Booker Prize , which she won for her fourth novel, The Gathering.
“Books represent the best of us as a nation,” said David McRedmond, Managing Director of An Post: “An Post is very proud to be associated with the Irish Book Awards. It is wonderful to celebrate such great writers, illustrators, poets and booksellers from all over the island. I congratulate the winners and all those who have been shortlisted.
Wonderful books have been published this year, many by established literary stars, but also by a surprising number of talented newcomers who seem to spring fully formed onto the Irish literary scene every year.
Brendan Corbett, Awards Chairman, said: “Our industry has worked so hard to grow awards from something quite small to the juggernaut it has become today, and we are immensely proud of what we have. accomplished through a broad coalition of readers. , writers, publishers, sponsors, booksellers and librarians.
“Some wonderful books have been published this year, many by established literary stars, but also by a surprising number of talented newcomers who seem to spring fully formed onto the Irish literary scene every year.”
The overall award for Irish Book of the Year 2022 will be revealed in a one-hour special, hosted by Oliver Callan, on RTÉ One on December 7.
An Post Irish Book Awards 2022: the winners
novel of the year
Intrusions by Louise Kennedy
Best Irish Book of the Year
A Treasure of Irish Folklore by John Creedon
Nonfiction Book of the Year
My Fourth Time We Drowned by Sally Hayden
Lifestyle Book of the Year
An Irish Atlantic Rainforest: A Personal Journey into the Magic of Rewilding by Eoghan Daltun
cookbook of the year
The Daly Dish: Bold Food Made Good by Gina and Karol Daly
Sports Book of the Year
Kellie by Kellie Harrington, with Roddy Doyle
Biography of the year
Time and Tide by Charlie Bird, starring Ray Burke
Children’s book of the year: junior
Our Big Day by Bob Johnston, illustrated by Michael Emberley
Children’s book of the year: senior
Girls Who Slay Monsters by Ellen Ryan, illustrated by Shona Shirley Macdonald
Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year
Let’s talk about Richie Sadlier
Irish Bookstore of the Year
Bridge Street Books, Wicklow
Irish Language Book of the Year
EL of Thaddeus Ó Buachalla
poem of the year
Wedding dress by Martina Dalton
Short story of the year
This Dizzy Little Life by Nuala O’Connor
Detective Book of the Year
Breaking Point by Edel Coffey
Popular Fiction Book of the Year
Again, Rachel by Marian Keyes
Newcomer of the year
There Was A Little Incident by Alice Ryan
Author of the year