Books  |  Oct 21, 2020

An Post Irish Book Awards Shortlist 2020

The An Post Irish Book Awards shortlist, Ireland’s major literary prize celebrating the best of Irish writing talent was announced yesterday, featuring Curtis Brown authors across the categories, including Non-Fiction Book of the Year, Popular Fiction Book of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

Dara McAnulty, winner of this year’s Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing, has received an impressive three nominations across the categories, including Non-Fiction Book of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, for his awe-inspiring debut Diary of a Young Naturalist. The book chronicles the turning of Dara McAnulty's world, from spring to summer, autumn to winter, on his home patch, at school, in the wild and in his head.

Lucy Foley’s Sunday Times and New York Times Bestselling book The Guest List has been nominated for Crime Fiction Book of the Year. This thrilling murder mystery is set at a wedding on a remote Irish island, inspired by Lucy’s trips to Connemara and the Aran Islands and earlier this year was picked for Reese’s Bookclub and as Waterstones Thriller of the Month.

Mark O’Connell’s Note from an Apocalypse has been shortlisted for the Odgers Berndtson Ireland Non-Fiction Book of the Year in association with the Business Post. Notes From an Apocalypse was published in April 2020 to much critical acclaim, and sets out to meet the people preparing for the end of the world. Described by Sally Rooney as “extraordinarily good-insightful” and by Jenny Offill as “harrowing, tender-hearted and funny as hell”, Mark travels from remote mountains in Scotland to bunkers in South Dakota to valleys in New Zealand, meeting the groups of individuals readying themselves for the end of civilization as we know it.

Marian Keyes is nominated in the Popular Fiction Book of the Year category for Grown Ups. Published by Michael Joseph, Grown Ups is the bestselling novelist’s 14th work of fiction, and went straight to number one in Ireland, the UK and Australia on publication. It is currently in development for TV with See Saw.

The Awards Ceremony will take place virtually on Wednesday 25th November and a television programme will be broadcast on RTÉ One television on Thursday 10th December, and will culminate in one of the top overall category winners being announced as the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2020.