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Limerick authors nominated for Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2016

The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards are set to take place on November 16 at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Upper Leeson Street Upper, Dublin.

Three authors are representing Limerick in the upcoming Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2016.

Hundreds of books were submitted for consideration this year and the public is now being asked to voice their opinions by casting their votes online for the best books of the year.

Voting is open until midnight on November 11.


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Rugby legend Paul O’Connell’s The Battle, which is currently at number one in the Irish bestsellers’ list is nominated for sports book of the year.

The book was co-written by former editor of the Limerick Leader, Alan English, and was written over the course of seven years. It is up against five other books in the category – Blood, Sweat & McAteer by Jason McAteer; Coolmore Stud, Ireland’s Greatest Sporting Success Story by Alan Conway; My Life in Rugby by Donal Lenihan; Out of Control – Cathal Mc Carron, and Win or Learn by John Kavanagh.

Up for Eason Novel of the Year is All We Shall Know by Tipperary native Donal Ryan.

The widely admired work by the author, who is writer-in-residence at the University of Limerick, has also been shortlisted for the RTÉ Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice Award.

William Ryan’s fourth novel, The Constant Soldier is up for the Crime Fiction Award.

Ryan’s work is a standalone novel set in the autumn of 1944 in an idyllic Silesian village.

After studying in Glenstal Abbey School and Trinity College Dublin, he gave up his job as a corporate lawyer in the City of London after 18 years to focus on writing.

The Irish Times described the novel as a “beguiling blend, a spy novel-cum-historical thriller that offers a gripping but nuanced narrative set against the horrors of the absolute abuse of absolute power. It’s a bleak but rewarding novel about guilt, personal and shared, and taking responsibility for your actions, even if doing so offers no possibility of reward.”

The Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards are set to take place on November 16 at The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Upper Leeson Street Upper, Dublin.

To vote for the best books of the year, click here
To read more about Limerick authors and their work, click here.

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