Emilie Pine won the Newcomer of the Year Award at the Irish Book Awards for her debut non-fiction, Notes to Self. A No.1 bestseller in Ireland, Notes to Self is a vivid and powerful collection of personal essays, exploring subjects like addiction, fertility, feminism and sexual violence. At once fascinating and funny, intimate and searingly honest, the collection has also received the Butler Literary Award.
Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen won the Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award for The Importance of Being Aisling. The follow-up to their No.1 bestselling novel, Oh My God What A Complete Aisling, the novel has garnered praise from Marian Keyes and John Boyne, to name but a few. Element Pictures have optioned film rights to the Aisling series.
There was also a tribute paid to the late Emma Hannigan. The bestselling author of Letters to My Daughters was the bestselling Irish fiction writer in Ireland this year. Before her death in January, she raised over €135,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland.