Novel of the Year


Novel of the Year

About the award

Inaugurated in 2000, the Novel of the Year was the foundation stone of the Irish Book Awards. Early winners included John McGahern, Colum McCann and Anne Enright. Eason are proud to sponsor this prestigious award, which is always a mark of the depth and quality of Irish fiction.

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The Shortlist 2021

White City
Kevin Power
The Magician
Colm Tóibín
The Echo Chamber
John Boyne
Small Things Like These
Claire Keegan
Rónán Hession
Beautiful World, Where Are you
Sally Rooney

Eason Novel of the Year 2020

Strange FLowers

By Donal Ryan

In 1973, twenty-year-old Moll Gladney takes a morning bus from her rural home and disappears.

Bewildered and distraught, Paddy and Kit must confront an unbearable prospect: that they will never see their daughter again.

Five years later, Moll returns. What – and who – she brings with her will change the course of her family’s life forever.

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

Previous Winners

2020 – Strange Flowers by Donal Ryan

2019 – Shadowplay
by Joseph O’Connor

2018 – Normal People
by Sally Rooney

2017 – Midwinter Break
by Bernard MacLaverty

2016 – Solar Bones
by Mike McCormack

2015 – The Green Road
by Anne Enright

2014 – Academy Street
by Mary Costello

2013 – The Guts
by Roddy Doyle

2012 – Ancient Light
by John Banville

2011 – Mistaken
by Neil Jordan

2010 – Room
by Emma Donoghue

2009 – The Secret Scripture
by Sebastian Barry

2008 – The Gathering
by Anne Enright

2007 – Winterwood
by Patrick McCabe

2006 – The Sea
by John Banville

2005 – Havoc In Its Third Year
by Ronan Bennett

2004 – Dancer
by Colum McCann

2003 – That They May Face the Rising Sun
by John McGahern


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