Sunday, 28 November 2010 13:31
Castlebar man and RTÉ newsreader Michael Murphy has been shortlisted in the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2010, which also includes renowned Irish authors including former Connaught Telegraph reporter Colum McCann along with Cathy Kelly, Cecelia Ahern and Joseph O'Connor, newcomer Amy Huberman and children's author John Boyne. Other authors nominated across the 10 categories in the awards are sportsmen John Giles and Ruby Walsh, celebrity cooks Donal Skehan and Catherine Fulvio and radio
personality Ryan Tubridy.
The public are being asked to cast their vote on the best books of the last year via the awards website www.irishbookawards.ie and every person who votes will be in with a chance of winning one of five €100 national book token vouchers.
At Five in the Afternoon (Brandon) was written by Michael Murphy who was raised at The Green, Castlebar.
: His work is included in RTÉ Radio 1's The John Murray Show Listeners' Choice Award along with Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (Fourth Estate), The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (Tuskar Rock), A Journey by Tony Blair (Hutchinson), The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern (Harper Collins) and Come What May by Donal Og Cusack (Penguin Ireland).
Colm McCanns book Let the Great World Spin (Bloomsbury is among six in The Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year: Skippy Dies by Paul Murray (Hamish Hamilton), Ghost Light by Joseph O'Connor (Harvill Secker), Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (Viking), The Dead Republic by Roddy Doyle (Cape) and Room by Emma Donoghue (Pan Macmillan)
Votes can be cast until midnight November 21 and the awards ceremony, which will take place in The Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin on Thursday, November 25.
Novelist and Irish treasure Maeve Binchy will also be presented with the prestigious 'Lifetime Achievement Award in Irish Literature' at the ceremony.