From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan

Farouk is a doctor and refugee who had to flee war-torn Syria, Lampy is a love sick bus driver who daydreams in an attempt to escape reality and John is a sinner who hopes and prays he might be forgiven for the mistakes of his past. In From a Low and Quiet Sea, Donal Ryan crafts these three characters - who are leading disparate lives separated by country, culture and class - through mesmerising prose and a masterful plot, and merges their fates in an unnamed Irish town. Longlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize, From a Low and Quiet Sea is now shorlisted in the Novel of the Year category of the Irish Book Awards. 

Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

From her isolated beginnings as Delia O'Flaherty on a remote island off the west coast of Ireland to the deceptive and devious beauty of Cordelia Russell at a glamarous party on the French Riviera, Liz Nugent's compelling protagonist in Skin Deep is the master of reinvention. But as the novel opens, it looks like her luck is about to run out: how will Cordelia explain the rotting corpse in her bedroom? Deliciously dark, Skin Deep examines the life of one of Liz Nugent's most complex characters and reveals the monster beneath the beauty. Liz's legions of fans will be rooting for her in two categories this year: Crime Fiction Book of the Year and RTÉ Radio 1's The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners' Choice Award.

A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne

Shorlisted for both Novel of the Year and RTÉ Radio 1's The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners' Choice Award, it is easy to see why John Boyne's latest offering about a man who will stop at nothing until he has achieved literary fame has wowed readers and judges alike. When the celebrated but lonely novelist Erich Ackermann walks into a Berlin hotel, the young, charming waiter, Maurice Swift, seizes his opportunity; their meeting is fated: Erich has a story to tell and Maurice is desperate to write a bestseller. With comparisons to Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley and fans like Sarah Jessica Parker, A Ladder to the Sky is already something of a winner. 

Our Secrets and Lies by Sinéad Moriarty

When Lucy unexpectedly falls pregnant with twins, she is forced to abandon all ambition of becoming one of Ireland's top lawyers. Seventeen years later when her children are offered an exciting scholarship to an exclusive school, Lucy's obsession with academic success reignites but at what cost? While Lucy is busy insisting 'mother knows best', is she ignoring important warning signs that something is seriously wrong at the prestigious school? Both tear-jerking and heart-warming in equal measure, Our Secrets and Lies is a classic family drama that has won Sinéad loyal fans. It is shortlisted for Popular Fiction Book of the Year, a category Sinéad is no stranger to, having won the accolade in 2015 for her novel The Way We Were.

Dancing with the Tsars by Ross O'Carroll-Kelly

Ross O'Carroll-Kelly remains as topical as ever in Dancing in the Tsars. In this 18th adventure with the Rossmeister himself, his nearest and dearest have set their sights on positions of political power (Sorcha for the Seanad, Charles for the Dáil and Fionnuala is dabbling in Russia's shady underworld). Ross has his eyes on the real prize - the Strictly Mount Anville glitter ball. As funny as ever, Dancing with the Tsars is in the running for Popular Fiction Book of the Year. 

The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen

Debut novelist Helen Cullen is up for Newcomer of the Year with The Lost Letters of William Woolf, a charming story about love and loneliness, hope and heartbreak. William is a letter detective in the Dead Letter Depot, sorting through London's lost post and finding their rightful homes when he comes across letters from an Irish woman named Winter addressed on to 'My Great Love'. Disillusioned and increasingly detached from his wife Clare, William begins to wonder if he might be Winter's 'Great Love', sending him on a journey to find the mysterious writer. 

Doctor Who: Twelve Angels Weeping by Dave Rudden

From one winter to another, Dave Rudden's Twelve Angels Weeping visits twelve planets in the Doctor Who universe 'halfway into the dark'. From the Twelve Cities of Gehanna to a Dublin childhood in 1966, these twelve short stories look closely at the friends and foes from the celebrated show, taking you right through the twelve days of Christmas. Written by Knights of the Borrowed Dark author Dave Rudden (a self-confessed Doctor Who fanatic) and illustrated by Alexis Snell, Twelve Angels Weeping is shortlisted for Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year. 

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

An inspired writing duo creates a thriller like no other: when a cyber-attack threatens the security of the United States, those in charge must work quickly to save democracy. There's one significant problem: the President is missing, and the reason why is much worse than anyone can imagine. With presidential insights from Bill Clinton and James Patterson's skillful storytelling, The President is Missing is a gripping novel. Bill Clinton and James Patterson are up for the RTÉ Radio 1's The Ryan Tubridy Show Listeners' Choice Award. You can listen to their interview with Ryan Tubridy here

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