Irish Book Awards

Streets Ahead!

December 5, 2014

mary-costelloAcademy Street, the debut novel by Mary Costello, has been voted the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ for 2014.

The ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2014’ 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 Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding in 2013, The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan in 2012 and Solace by Belinda McKeon in 2011.

Academy Street establishes Mary Costello as one of Ireland’s most exciting literary voices. It was awarded the prestigious  Eason Novel of the Year  at last week’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, beating off stiff competition in the category which featured literary heavyweights John Boyne, David Mitchell, Colm Tóibín, Joseph O’Connor and John Kelly. It has also been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2014.

Academy Street is the heart-rending and evocative story of one woman’s life spanning four decades. Played out against the backdrop of American life over forty years, it resonates with the rhythms of memory and of home, as well as those of America’s greatest city. It tells an intimate story about love, loss and longing, and the perpetual ache for belonging.

Mary Costello’s short story collection The China Factory (Stinging Fly Press, 2012) was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award and shortlisted for the Sunday Independent Best Newcomer category in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2012. Her stories have been broadcast by BBC and RTE radio and have been shortlisted for a Hennessy Award.

Mary Costello is originally from East Galway and now lives in Dublin.

Commenting on this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year, the Board of the Irish Book Awards said:


“Mary Costello’s Academy Street is a worthy winner of the ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year 2014’. The China Factory signalled the arrival of a major new Irish literary talent and her first novel has been lauded by illustrious luminaries such as JM Coetzee and Ron Rash, proof positive that Mary Costello is the real deal.  We at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards are proud to have Mary’s debut novel as our Book of the Year and we wish her well with what looks sure to develop into a marvellous writing career.”

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