Odgers Berndtson

Non-Fiction Book of the Year

Odgers Berndtson

Non-Fiction Book of the Year

About the award

“Non-fiction” covers a multitude of subjects and now that biographies have their own category, this category will cover works of history, politics, business, travel, and cultural affairs. We are grateful to executive search and recruitment agency, Odgers Berntdson. for their continuing sponsorship.

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The 2021 Shortlist

We Don’t Know Ourselves
Fintan O’Toole
The Best Catholics in The World
Derek Scally
Northern Protestants on Shifting Ground
Susan McKay
Four Years in The Cauldron
Brian O'Donovan
Between Two Hells
Diarmaid Ferriter
A State of Emergency
Richard Chambers

Odgers Berndtson Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2020, In association with the Buisness Post

A Ghost in The Throat

By Doireann Ní Ghríofa

Doireann Ní Ghríofa has sculpted a fluid hybrid of essay and autofiction to explore the ways in which a life can be changed in response to the discovery of another’s – in this case, Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill’s Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoghaire, famously referred to by Peter Levi as ‘the greatest poem written in either Ireland or Britain during the eighteenth century.’

A devastating and timeless tale about finding your voice by freeing another’s.

by Joseph O’Connor
Normal People
by Sally Rooney
Midwinter Break
by Bernard MacLaverty
Solar Bones
by Mike McCormack

Previous Winners

2020 – A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

2019 – Constellations by Sinead Gleeson

2018 – People Like Me by Lynn Ruane

2017 – Wounds: A Memoir of War & Love by Fergal Keane

2016 – I Read the News Today, Oh Boy by Paul Howard

2015 – Children of the Rising by Joe Duffy

2014 – The Life and Loves of a He Devil: A Memoir by Graham Norton

2013 – Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding

2012 – Country Girl by Edna O’Brien

2011 – Easy Meals by Rachel Allen

2010 – A Coward If I Return, A Hero If I Fall by Neil Richardson 

2009 – Stepping Stones by Dennis O’Driscoll & Seamus Heaney

2008 – Judging Dev by Diarmuid Ferriter

2007 – Connemara by Tim Robinson

2006 – In The Dark Room by Brian Dillon


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