Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Irish Book Awards: Yep, It’s Third Time Unlucky

Show me a good loser, as Vince Lombardi once said, and I’ll show you a loser. Which is irrefutably true. It’s also true, if we can continue the football analogy, that there’s no shame in being beaten by a better team, and BROKEN HARBOUR by Tana French was a very worthy winner of the Ireland AM Best Crime Novel award at the Irish Book Awards last night.
  I’ve said all along this year that BROKEN HARBOUR is a tremendous piece of work, and while it’s always disappointing not to win once you make it onto the shortlist - last night was my third time unlucky at the Irish Book Awards - it was no mean achievement to make it even that far, particularly when you consider some of the very fine novels that didn’t. Anyway, hearty congratulations to Tana French, and sincere commiserations to my fellow nominees Niamh O’Connor, Benjamin Black, Louise Philips and Laurence O’Bryan.
  Meanwhile, I was delighted to see Eoin Colfer win in the Young Adult section for the final Artemis Fowl novel, and John Banville win the Best Novel category with ANCIENT LIGHT. For all the Irish Book Award winners, clickety-click here


writerlyderv said...

Sorry to hear you didn't win, but at least you can derive comfort knowing that you lost to someone you respect.

Dana King said...


I have always had the opinion the acknowledged of the quality of a work is being nominated; picking may involve politics over which one has no control, or even knowledge. This implies no disrespect to Ms. French, who is an excellent writer and deserving winner. My point is more than one book can be a deserving winner in a given year; only one gets picked. Sincere congratulations to her.

lil Gluckstern said...

I agree. I am sorry you didn't win, but at least it was to a good book. Who know maybe next time.

Declan Burke said...

Much obliged, folks, as always. And yes, Broken Harbour is a terrific book. Upwards and onwards - after a verrrrrry long break ... Cheers, Dec