Our winners at this year's Irish Book Awards

This year's An Post Irish Book Awards saw four prizes presented to Penguin Random House Ireland authors, including two awards for crime writer Liz Nugent for her novel Skin Deep. The Awards, which aim to celebrate the quality of Irish writing, are now in their thirteenth year, with the winners crowned at a star-studded awards ceremony at Dublin's Clayton Hotel.

Skin Deep, published by Penguin Ireland, was named Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year and also won the Listeners’ Choice Award, as voted for by listeners to RTÉ Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show. The novel, which saw Liz return after the success of her bestseller and Richard & Judy Book Club pick Lying in Wait, follows the story of Cordelia Russell, a supposed English socialite living on the French Riveria, who sees the arrival of a visitor from a distant past disrupting her run of good luck.

  • Skin Deep

  • 'Bloody brilliant!' Denise Mina

    'Extraordinary' A.J. Finn

    'A twisted thriller, reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith.' Ian Rankin, Guardian Books of the Year

    'Absorbing, beautifully written' The Times, Crime Books of the Year

    'Every bit as amazing as her first two [novels]' Lisa Jewell

    IBA Crime Fiction Book of the Year Winner 2018

    From the No 1 bestselling author of Richard and Judy Book Club pick, Lying in Wait

    'I could probably have been an actress.
    It is not difficult to pretend to be somebody else.
    Isn't that what I've been doing for most of my life?'

    Cordelia Russell has been living on the French Riviera for twenty-five years, passing herself off as an English socialite. But her luck, and the kindness of strangers, have run out.

    The arrival of a visitor from her distant past shocks Cordelia. She reacts violently to the intrusion and flees her flat to spend a drunken night at a glittering party. As dawn breaks she stumbles home through the back streets. Even before she opens her door she can hear the flies buzzing. She did not expect the corpse inside to start decomposing quite so quickly . . .



    'The finest psychological thriller writer currently at work' Tammy Cohen

    'Dark, brutal and brilliant' Colette McBeth

    'Dazzling ... chilling, mesmerising and, ultimately, devastating. Pure storytelling genius' Mark Edwards

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The Bord Gáis Energy Sports Book of the Year Award went to Gaelic footballer Cora Staunton, the highest-scoring forward in the history of Ladies Gaelic Football, for her autobiography Game Changer.

The book, published by Transworld Ireland, recounts the triumphs of her career and the personal struggles that have plagued it,  speaking openly about the challenges and conflicts she and her teammates have experienced in the under-resourced world of female sport.

  • Game Changer

  • "Cora Staunton is one of the greatest Irish sportswomen of all time . . . She has left a unique mark on ladies football." (Irish Independent)

    In the first-ever autobiography of a female GAA star, Game Changer will take its place as one of the most influential and powerful sports books in recent years.

    Cora Staunton is an iconic figure in the world of modern GAA. In this ground-breaking autobiography, she reveals her extraordinary journey from teenage rookie to the highest-scoring forward in the history of Ladies Gaelic Football. Since making her senior inter-county debut for Mayo at just thirteen years of age, Cora has become a feared and respected opponent on any pitch.

    Now, for the first time, she recounts the triumphs of her career and the personal struggles that have plagued it. In this refreshingly candid book, Cora recalls finding refuge in the game after the death of her mother, but also speaks openly about the challenges and conflicts she and her teammates have experienced in the under-resourced world of female sport. She gives a fascinating insight into her move to a professional team in Sydney and how she coped with going from a veteran to a newcomer overnight.

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Also winning on the evening were chefs James Kavanagh and William Murray, whoseThe Currabinny Cookbook was named EUROSPAR Cookbook of the Year. The book gathers the best recipes from their highly successful food business Currabinny, which has grown a huge fanbase across Ireland and beyond after five years of selling at farmers' markets and hosting dining events and pop-ups, as well as reaching the finals of RTÉ's The Taste of Success.

  • The Currabinny Cookbook

  • Cookbook of the Year, Irish Book Awards 2018
    Cookbook of the Year, Listowel Food Fair 2018
    Irish Times Best Cookbooks 2018
    Top Cookbooks 2018, Sunday Times
    Best Books of 2018, Sunday Independent
    Books of the Year 2018, Irish Independent

    'The book exudes a love of food ... there are lots of good things to explore inside' Darina Allen, Irish Examiner

    In five years selling at farmers' markets and hosting dining events and pop-ups, James Kavanagh and William Murray's food business, Currabinny, has grown a huge fan-base. James and William celebrate traditional ingredients (butter, cream, sea-salt and the best of fresh and local produce), give them a modern twist, and always produce indulgent delicious dishes.

    The Currabinny Cookbook includes their favourite recipes. From breakfast ideas (Macroom Oatmeal with Saturn Peaches, Pomegranate & Raw Honey) to sumptuous suppers (Rustic Rye Galette with Leeks, Fennel and Goats Cheese; Slow Roasted Salmon with Blood Orange, Lemon, Fennel & Dill; Ham in Juniper & Apple Juice with Mustard Parsnip Mash and Buttered Cabbage) and sweet treats (Apple, Rosemary & Buttermilk Cake; Fresh Blueberry Pie with Lemon Curd Cream) this book is a one-stop bible of delicious, comforting and irresistible recipes.

    'Has set the foodie world on fire ... it's easy to see why. Easy to make but jam-packed with flavour. We're obsessed' WellFest blog

    'A handsome collection of recipes using traditional, seasonal ingredients, given a contemporary slant' Irish Times

    'A lovely book of recipes' Sunday Times

    'The book is a beauty to behold, packed with the best of Irish seasonal products in recipes given a novel and contemporary touch' Irish Examiner

    'It's a blast to come across this sweet book of delicious home cooking' Cookbooks of 2018, John & Sally McKenna, McKennas' Guides

    'Their enthusiasm and irreverence leaps from the pages just as much as their flair in the kitchen ... the book is beautiful with delicate illustrations and tempting photographs' Sunday Independent

    'A delicious fusion of traditional and modern food' Irish Country Magazine

    'The pair have a serious love for food ... accessible for cooks of all levels and the images are absolutely gorgeous' Food & Wine Magazine
    'They've thought of everything when it comes to the cookbook, beautiful images [and] good food' Image Magazine

    'The prettiest Irish cookbook this autumn' Irish Independent

    'Brilliant recipes ... really lovely ... I'm definitely going to be making a lot of stuff out of it' Roisin Ingle, Irish Times

    'Delicious dishes and gorgeous recipes' Stellar

    'A gorgeous contemporary cookbook - full of traditional recipes with a twist' Irish Examiner

    'A complete winner!' Her.ie

    'The bookshelves are heaving with culinary content but one stood out from the crowd ... The Currabinny Cookbook' Irish Farmers Journal, books of the year

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Find out more about the An Post Irish Book Awards and view the full list of 2018's winners here.

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