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4 New Island authors shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2017!

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that four New Island authors have been shortlisted for The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2017. Congratulations to June Caldwell, Lisa Harding, Nuala O’Connor and Julie Parsons!

Now, we need YOU! Cast your vote by Thursday, November 23rd, 2017. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Dublin’s Double Tree by Hilton Hotel on Tuesday 28 November.

It only takes a minute and you don’t have to vote in every category if you don’t want to. Four lucky voters will each win €100 of National Book Tokens.We’d really appreciate your vote!

Follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #BGEIBA.


Shortlisted for the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award

Harvesting by Lisa Harding

‘This is one of the most gut-wrenching, shiver-inducing pieces of fiction I have ever read.The word ‘compelling’ is too hackneyed when it comes to a novel such as this. Each line is gripping: mind and body are hooked into a world you don’t want to know exists, but which thrives under our very noses… electrifying.’ – Sunday Independent

Sammy is a spiky, quick-witted and sharp teenager living in Dublin; Nico is a warm and conscientious girl from Moldova. When they are thrown together in a Dublin brothel in a horrific twist of fate, a peculiar and important bond is formed . . .

This is a novel about a flourishing but hidden world, thinly concealed beneath a veneer of normality. It’s about the failings of polite society, the cruelty that can exist in apparently homely surroundings, the bluster of youth and the often appalling weakness of adults.

Harvesting is heartbreaking and funny, gritty, raw and breathtakingly beautiful, where redemption is found in friendship and unexpected acts of kindness.


Shortlisted for the Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award

The Therapy House by Julie Parsons

‘Julie Parsons’s international legion of fans have had a long wait for her new novel…the wait was worth it…Her new novel shows her to be in cracking form as she re-introduces some characters from her previous mysteries – heroes and villains alike – and produces yet another page-turner.’ – Sunday Independent 

Garda Inspector Michael McLoughlin is trying to enjoy his retirement – doing a bit of PI work on the side, meeting up with former colleagues, fixing up a grand old house in a genteel Dublin suburb near the sea.

Then he discovers the body of his neighbour, a retired judge – brutally murdered, shot through the back of the neck, his face mutilated beyond recognition. McLoughlin finds himself drawn into the murky
past of the murdered judge, which leads him back to his own father’s killing, decades earlier, by the IRA.

In seeking the truth behind both crimes, a web of deceit, blackmail and fragile reputations comes to light, as McLoughlin’s investigation reveals the explosive circumstances linking both crimes – and dark secrets are discovered which would destroy the judge’s legendary family name.


Shortlisted for the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award

Upcycle: an account of some strange happenings on Botanic Road’ by June Caldwell from Room Little Darker

‘Caldwell’s linguistic verve is what keeps you paying attention, fascinated and appalled…The book amounts to an unsparing portrait of a city and a nation, with a singular voice heard throughout, lost in grief and longing, interrogating every motive and intention. It is banshee bold…A work more attentive to – and understanding of – the terrible derangements of simply being alive I have not read in a long time.’ – The Guardian

From one of Ireland’s most grindingly authentic and radically original talents, Room Little Darker explores the clandestine aspects of modern life through jagged, visceral tales of wanton sex, broken relationships, homelessness and futuristic nightmares.

An abusive father haunts his daughter and wife from the confines of a nursing home; a couple with an appetite for kink discover their escapades have led them into something unimaginably grim; an addict makes his way around a city centre crackling with menace; an unborn child narrates her own tragic story; a paedophile acquires a sex therapy robot and wonders how they’ll get along.

At once hilarious and profoundly moving, June Caldwell’s stories probe raw sexuality and disturbing psychology, the love (and hate) of family, the darkness and light that lives inside us all.


Shortlisted for the Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award

‘Consolata’ by Nuala O’Connor from Joyride to Jupiter

‘O’Connor likes to tease our imaginations. Her narrators are not always reliable. She likes small incidents and sotto voces to scream from the page. Her shock tactics are coolly measured, clad in the quiet velvet of truly sumptuous prose, but they still pack a punch... Like a volume of rich poetry, this collection begs to be returned to, again and again.’ – Sunday Independent 

A heartbroken man deals with his wife’s Alzheimer’s as best he can. The Jesus of O’Connell Street reflects on his situation, which isn’t half bad. A too-young girl witnesses her father’s shocking infidelity. A quiet murder on a riverbank.

Imperfect lovers and unlikely friends thwart and bolster each other as they act out their dramas on the beaches of Brazil, in the bedrooms of Dublin, and in the wilds of North America. With prose both lyrical and profound, the award-winning Nuala O’Connor writes of maternal love and cross-generational friendship but here, also, are stories of ageing, suicide, and the buoyancy of new love.

In these urgent, humane stories of ill-advised couplings, loneliness and burgeoning hope, we find O’Connor’s trademark humour and sensuality, and the quest for longed-for truths. A truly stunning collection by one of Ireland’s finest writers.

Read both short stories over on Writing.ie and cast your vote for your favourite!

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