Awards: Irish Book Winners; Bad Sex in Fiction Shortlist

Winners were named for the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. More than 45,000 readers and book lovers voted, and the public is now invited to help select the overall Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book of the Year. Voting is open until midnight on December 9. A complete list of category winners is available here.


Six books made the shortlist for this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award, presented annually by the Literary Review to "an author who has produced an outstandingly bad scene of sexual description in an otherwise good novel." The "winner" will be announced on November 30. The Guardian helpfully featured "the contenders in quotes." This year's finalists are:

The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis
A Doubter's Almanac by Ethan Canin
The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler
Leave Me by Gayle Forman
The Day Before Happiness by Erri de Luca
Men Like Air by Tom Connolly

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