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26 November 2021

Jeferson Tenório Wins Jabuti Award 2021

Jeferson Tenório has been named the winner of the most prestigious Brazilian prize, the Jabuti, for his novel The Flipside of Skin (originally titled O Avesso Da Pele, published by Companhia das Letras). The Prêmio Jabuti is the most traditional literary award in Brazil for the Best Novel of the Year, given by the Brazilian Book Chamber.

His work is commended on: "With an unquestionable talent for creating truths — the kind of truth that can only vigorously appear in literature — Jeferson Tenório places himself as an author who helps us understand our Brazilian, Black, human identity, our own drama. Featuring a rare capacity for conceiving and structuring character and dealing with the complexities and small tragedies of family relations, this novel consolidates Jeferson Tenório as one of the most powerful and stylistically brave voices in contemporary Brazilian literature."

More details coming soon on the English language edition.

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24 November 2021

Kate Sawyer, Ross Montgomery & John Preston shortlisted for Costa Book Awards 2021

The Costa Book Awards 2021 shortlists have been revealed and featured are Kate Sawyer, Ross Montgomery and John Preston. Kate Sawyer is shortlisted for the Best First Novel Award with The Stranding (Hodder), about a woman who hides from the apocalypse inside a beached whale has been nominated for the First Novel category, which judges called “an immersive end of the world story full of hope and imagination”; Ross Montgomery for the Children's Award with The Midnight Guardians (Walker), a "hugely entertaining" adventure story set during the Blitz; and John Preston for the Best Biography with Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell (Viking), a portrait of the media mogul turned MP.

Winners in the five categories, who each receive £5,000, will be announced on 4th January 2022. The overall winner of the 2021 Costa Book of the Year will receive £30,000 and will be announced at a ceremony on 1st February 2022. The winner of the Costa Short Story Award, voted for by the public, will also be announced at February’s ceremony.

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24 November 2021

An Post Irish Book Awards 2021: Fintan O'Toole & Sebastian Barry named winners

The virtual An Irish Post Book Awards 2021 ceremony awarded writers on the work of the past year and received a record number of votes from the Irish public, with Fintan O'Toole and Sebastian Barry among the winners. Fintan O’Toole won Non-Fiction Book of the Year for We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Ireland Since 1958 (Head of Zeus) emerging from a shortlist that included fellow journalists Richard Chambers, Brian O’Donovan, Susan McKay and Derek Scally and historian Diarmaid Ferriter.

Sebastian Barry, the outgoing Laureate for Irish Fiction, was awarded this year’s Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award. In conferring the award, the Board of the Irish Book Awards stated: “Sebastian Barry has occupied a central position in the cultural life of Ireland for over three decades as a poet, playwright and novelist. In a literary career that has delivered fifteen plays, ten novels, and three poetry collections, Barry has been in the van of Ireland’s contemporary literary renaissance most notably in the way he has courageously drawn on family history, personal experiences and memories to illuminate neglected aspects of Irish culture frequently glossed over...

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