Book of the Year and This Year’s Winners

Congratulations to Michael Harding who has won the
Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2013 for
Staring at Lakes: A Memoir of Love, Melancholy and Magical Thinking.

The Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2013 was chosen by public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Previous winners of this award include The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan in 2012 and Solace by Belinda McKeon in 2011.

Staring at Lakes started out as a book about depression — a middle-aged man living in Ireland in the wake of the Celtic Tiger. Then it became a story about growing old, the essence of love and marriage, and sitting in cars staring at lakes. Praised by esteemed Irish writers Pat McCabe, Kevin Barry and Deirdre Purcell, Harding’s acclaimed memoir was awarded both the RTÉ Radio 1’s John Murray Show Listeners’ Choice Award and National Book Tokens Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013.

Michael Harding, Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year winner, said:

“I am delighted to hear that Staring at Lakes has been selected as the Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year. I’ve always tried to write close to the bone in my other books and plays and in Staring at Lakes I took the risk of telling a deeply private and personal story, and I’m just glad now that it has turned out well.”

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Roddy Doyle, Darina Allen, Paul Howard and Michael Harding were among the winners in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2013.

Children’s writers Benji Bennett and Derek Landy, newcomer Niamh Boyce, crime writer Louise Phillips, sports writer David Walsh, short story writer Billy O’ Callaghan and Fintan O’Toole were also honoured at the gala ceremony held in Dublin this evening.

Esteemed novelist John Banville was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award 2013 by actress Sinéad Cusack for his contribution to Irish literature and a tribute to the late Seamus Heaney was screened during the ceremony which featured accolades from former US President Bill Clinton and Edna O’ Brien.

IrishBookAwards13-0227For the third year running, RTÉ Television broadcast the highlights of the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards on RTÉ One,  showcasing one of the biggest celebrations of Irish writing with many of Ireland’s most celebrated and loved authors in attendance.

To view the television broadcast, click here.

For the full list of winners, click here.