On the show this month, Shane and Bob recap on all things awards, most notably the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards, which took place on Wednesday, November 25th.
Among the winners on the night were Anne Enright’s The Green Road (Novel of the Year), Sara Baume (Newcomer of the Year), Joe Duffy’s Children of the Rising (Non-Fiction Book of the Year), Niall Breslin (Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year for Me and My Mate Jeffrey), Irelandopedia (Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners’ Choice Award), The Long Gaze Back, edited by Sinead Gleeson (Irish Published Book of the Year), Jim McGuinness (Sports Book of the Year for Until Victory Always) and JP Donleavy (Lifetime Achievement Award).
The winner of the Guardian First Book Award was also announced this month, while we dissect Amazon’s decision to open up their first real-life bookshop in the US.
In our regular book club slot we discuss Kevin Barry’s Goldsmith Prize-winning Beatlebone, our Second Look is Jonathan Coe’s What A Carve-Up while in Trilogy, our guest slot, we talk to Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, the founder of writing.ie and soon-to-be debut author, about three of the books that mean the most to her.
Finally, look out for our Christmas special in mid-December, when we’ll dispense with our usual format for a run-through of the books we loved in 2015.
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