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High Hopes Kodaline front man Steve Garrigan's new book nominated for a prestigious award

In the book (full title Making Music, Losing My Way, Learning to Live‘) Steve reveals his battles with anxiety and depression despite the apparent glamour of his life

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Steve Garrigan of Kodaline

Steve Garrigan of Kodaline

Steve Garrigan of Kodaline

Singer Steve Garrigan has been nominated for a prestigious An Post Irish Book award for his new autobiography ‘High Hopes’ 

The Kodaline front man’s debut title (written with Sunday World’s Neil Fetherstonhaugh) has been entered in the new Bookstation Lifestyle Book of the Year category.

In the book (full title Making Music, Losing My Way, Learning to Live‘) Steve reveals his battles with anxiety and depression despite the apparent glamour of his life.

The Sunday Worlds’ Zoe Holohan’s best-selling memoir 'As the Smoke Clears' has been championed by Joe Duffy within the RTE Listeners' Choice Awards category.

As the Smoke Clears is a truly inspirational tale, detailing Zoe's struggle to survive after enduring devastating trauma, having lost her husband in the Greek wildfires of July 2018 whilst on honeymoon.

Sally Rooney, Claire Keegan and Donal Skehan are also among Irish Book Awards nominees with a live in-person ceremony to celebrate the winners will take place on Tuesday 23rd November in the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Other authors on the shortlist include Sarah Gilmartin, Fintan O’Toole, Catherine Ryan Howard, Séamas O’Reilly, Sinéad Moriarty, Rosaleen McDonagh, Paul Howard, Oliver Jeffers, and Dónal Ryan.

There were three other new categories unveiled for 2021: An Post Bookshop of the Year, Dubray Biography of the Year, and Library Association of Ireland Author of the Year.

A one-hour book awards special will be broadcast on RTÉ One television on Wednesday, December 8 which will celebrate the six books and authors shortlisted for the An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year 2021. The overall winner will be revealed on the show.

The public are now being asked to cast their votes online for the best books of the year on the An Post Irish Book Awards website anpostirishbookawards.ie.

Voters will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five €100 National Book Tokens vouchers and voting closes at 5pm on 15 November.

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John Treacy, Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards, said today that like most other sectors, the book industry faced severe challenges this year. “Bookshops were closed; publication dates postponed; events and festivals moved online.

"The personal touch which we all value so much was sadly missed. But then something wonderful happened. We discovered that books were saving the sanity of thousands of readers during lockdown.

“Now, thank goodness, the bookshops are open once again and The An Post Irish Book Awards season is upon us. Congratulations to all of the authors who have been shortlisted and we look forward to finding out the winners on November 23.

David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, described books as “our best companions through the pandemic”, and said that “as we emerge, they will be our close companions too”.

Find out more on the An Post IBAs website and Twitter.

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