The shortlist for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2019 has been revealed, featuring Vicky Phelan, Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen shortlisted across three categories.
Phelan's poignant memoir Overcoming is shortlisted for the Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year, and Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling, the third instalment in the bestselling series by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen, is shortlisted for Popular Fiction Book of the Year.
RTÉ, the official media partner of the awards, has launched the RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners' Choice Award, which both Overcoming and Once, Twice, Three Times an Aisling are nominated for. This award sees the station's biggest names: Miriam O'Callaghan, Joe Duffy, Sean O'Rourke, Ray D'Arcy and Ryan Tubridy selecting their favourite books of the year.
2019 marks the second year that An Post has sponsored the awards. It has launched the #ReadersWanted campaign, which asks the public to cast their votes on the An Post Irish Book Awards website for the best book of the year. Votes can be cast until 13 November and the winners will be announced in Dublin on 20 November in a gala ceremony that will be broadcast on RTÉ One television on 23 November.
Maria Dickenson, chair of the An Post Irish Book Awards, said: "This year's shortlist is once again a terrific testament to the breadth and depth of Irish writing talent. Each and every category is packed with deserving authors, and we're looking forward to announcing the winners on 20th November."