Books  |  Jan 31, 2020

Overcoming by Vicky Phelan named as the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2019

Overcoming by Vicky Phelan and Naomi Linehan, a book written about Vicky’s remarkable personal story, has been voted the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2019.

Chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent An Post Irish Book Awards, Vicky joins the ranks of Louise O'Neill, John Crowley and fellow Curtis Brown client Emilie Pine as this year's recipient. 

After exposing the CervicalCheck crisis in April 2018, Vicky rose to prominence as a national campaigner, becoming one of Ireland’s most respected individuals. Published by Hachette, Overcoming tells the story of Vicky’s many struggles, from a life-threatening accident in early adulthood, her devastating later discovery that her cancer had returned in shocking circumstances - and the ensuing detective-like scrutiny of events that led the charge for her history-making legal action. 

Vicky commented: “I’m truly honoured that my book Overcoming has been voted An Post Book of the Year. I could not have done this without my wonderful ghostwriter, Naomi Lenihan, who brought life to my story on the page in a way that I did not think was possible. To my publisher, Hachette, thank you for taking a chance on me and to all the booksellers, thank you for championing my book. Finally, a huge thank you to the public, for whom I wrote this book, who supported and voted for me.”

Maria Dickenson, Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards, commented:
“The entire book trade rose to its feet for a lengthy and moving standing ovation when Overcoming won the RTE Listener’s Choice award at the An Post Irish Book Awards. Vicky is an absolute inspiration and a powerful advocate for Irish women, and along with Naomi Linehan she has written a book that perfectly expresses her strength, her warmth and her legacy. A thoroughly deserving Book
of the Year.”