Sally Rooney’s ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’ crowned Novel of the Year as winners of N Post Irish Book Awards



Beautiful World, Where Are You has grabbed headlines for all the right reasons as it won Sally Rooney the easiest novel of the year at the 2021 en Post Irish Book Awards.

Eth Earls, Maureen Gaffney, Semas O’Reilly, Finton O’Toole and Donal Skahan were also among the 19 winning authors and bookstores at this year’s ceremony, which was held virtually on the RTE website.



Rooney’s third novel, beautiful world where are you, reached the top of bestseller lists in Ireland upon its September release. But it was not without controversy when Rooney refused to grant an Israeli publishing house the rights to translate the book into Hebrew.

The move caused a stir internationally, with some accusing Rooney of imposing a sweeping ban on the Hebrew translation, before the author stated it “would be an honor” to translate it into Hebrew, but as of now Added to: “I have chosen not to sell these translation rights to an Israeli-based publishing house.”



Rooney said it was a “real honour” to win the award with his new novel and added that he was “touched to think that people are enjoying the new book”.

“I want to say how grateful I am for the support and kindness I have received from readers and the writing community in Ireland, including some of my fellow nominees.



“Thanks to the readers for taking the time to read the novel and especially to those who took the time to vote for it. It really means a lot to me,” Rooney said.

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A record number of votes were cast by the Irish public – more than 187,000 – among crown winners such as Louise Neillon, Laura de Barra, and Tadag mac Dhonnagan.

Kenney’s Bookshop and Art Gallery in Galway claimed one of four new awards when it was crowned en Post Bookshop of the Year.

Another new category this year was Dubrey Biography of the Year, which went to Seamus O’Reilly. Have you heard that Mamie is dead?

NS Irish independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year Award awarded to Katherine Ryan Howard 56 days, while Sinead Moriarty claimed victory with her first teen and young adult book, new girl.

Irish author, poet and playwright Sebastian Barry was the recipient of this year’s ‘Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the awards ceremony. Barry, whose two novels have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, joins several other prestigious recipients such as Colm Tobin, Seamus Heaney, John Banville, Maeve Binchy, Edna O’Brien, Evan Boland, among many others.

First awarded in 2006, the En Post Irish Book Awards is Ireland’s largest literary festival, showcasing a diverse mix of new and established authors’ writing across 20 categories.

Voting is now open for the en Post Irish Book of the Year ahead of the announcement of the winner on RT One on 8 December.

Keith Earls of Munster and Ireland were also among the winners. Fight or Flight: My Life, My Choice Received Eason Sport Book of the Year Award. His book was co-written by Tommy Conlan.

a hug for you by adam King’s father David, and illustrated by Rhiannon Orchard, won Specsaver’s Junior Children’s Book of the Year, while David O’Doherty won The Summer I Robbed a Bank Received Senior Award.

Journalist and author Finton O’Toole We don’t know ourselves: a personal history of Ireland from 1958 was crowned the Ozers Berndsson Non-fiction Book of the Year, while sunday free Newcomer of the Year Award given to Lewis Nealon snowflake,

Isling and City Awarded the National Book Tokens Popular Fiction Book of the Year by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

Marion Keys was also crowned Library Association of Ireland Author of the Year Longboat at Portaferrie Siobhan Campbell received Listowel Writers Week Irish Pom of the Year.

Irish independent Contributor Donal Skehans Rose Cook Cookbook of the Year Landed While decorations in abundance Won Laura de Barra Lifestyle Book of the Year.

Coastal Atlas of Ireland TheJournal.ie won Best Irish Published Book of the Year and Writing.ie Short Story of the Year little darling by Deirdre Sullivan.

“We are truly fortunate to have such wonderful writers in this country,” said John Tracy, chairperson of the Ann Post Irish Book Awards. “We have many promising young writers, more women writers than ever before, writers representing minority and marginalized Irish communities, and this will only increase in the years to come. I am looking forward to seeing all the winners and nominees in every category. I would also like to congratulate the people. It has been another great year for Irish literature.”

Below is the full list of winners of the ‘N Post Irish Book Awards 2021:

Ishaan Novel of the Year

Beautiful World, Where Are You – Sally Rooney

Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year

56 Days – Katherine Ryan Howard

Ireland AM. Eason Sport Book of the Year in association with

Fight or Flight: My Life, My Choice – with Keith Earles, Tommy Conlon

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

Snowflake – Lewis Nealon

Ozers Berndson Non-Fiction Book of the Year

We don’t know ourselves: a personal history of Ireland from 1958 – Finton O’Toole

Dubrey Biography of the Year

Have you heard that Mamie is dead? — Seamus O’Reilly

Bookselling Ireland Cookbook of the Year

Daily Cook – Donal Skehan

National Book Token Popular Fiction Book of the Year

Aisling and the City – Emer McClisagt and Sarah Breen

Bookstation Lifestyle Book of the Year

Decor galore – Laura de Barras

TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year

Coastal Atlas of Ireland – Val Cummins, Robert Devoy, Barry Brunt, Darius Bartlett, Sarah Condrot

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Jr.)

A Hug for You – David King, illustrated by Rhiannon Orchard

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Sr.)

The Summer I Robbed a Bank – David O’Doherty, illustrated by Chris Judge

Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year

The New Girl – Sinead Moriarty

RT Audience Choice Award

Your One Wild and Precious Life – Maureen Gaffney

Library Association of Ireland Author of the Year

marion keys

Listowel Writers Week Irish Pom of the Year

Longboat at Portaferrie – Siobhan Campbell

The Love Libhar Gelge Irish Language Book of the Year

Madame Lazare – Tadh Mac Dhonnagan

The An Post Bookshop of the Year

Kenney’s Bookshop and Art Gallery, Galway

Writing i.e. Short Story of the Year

Little Lives – Deirdre Sullivan

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