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A gorgeous and powerfully vivid collection of essays written by Emilie Pine has won the An Post Book of the Year for 2018.

Notes to Self sees Pine writing on a variety of important moments in her life, including sexual assault, fertility problems, sexism in the academia sector, feminism, depression and addiction.

Published by Tramp Press, the book has been widely read around Ireland since it's publication, and has deeply resonated especially with women nationwide who relate to the stark and emotional work.

Emilie tweeted her joy at hearing the news, writing on Twitter: "Delighted and honoured to win Book of the Year 2018….Thank you to everyone who voted."

She also paid tribute to Tramp Press for commissioning the work, which tugged at the heartstrings of Irish women and men nationwide with it's brutal and visceral honesty.

The An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018 was handpicked by a public vote from a list of category winners which were recently announced at the An Post Irish Book Awards.

The esteemed prize boasts previous winners such as John Crowley's Atlas of the Irish Revolution, written with Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and Dr. John Borgonovo, Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, Academy Street by Mary Costello, The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan, Belinda McKeon's Solace, Staring at Lakes by Michael Harding and Asking For It by Louise O'Neill.

Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards Maria Dickenson said; “Emilie Pine’s Notes to Self was one of the great stories in Irish bookselling in 2018 and I’m delighted that the voting public has chosen it as the An Post Book of the Year."

"The power and honesty of Emilie’s essays have captivated readers, and it’s truly gratifying both to see her talent rewarded and to see an Irish publisher like Tramp Press receive this well-deserved recognition," she continued.

Readers of the book couldn't put the engrossing work down. David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, commented on Emilie's wonderful win,

“2018 was a huge year for Irish writing and no book illustrates better why An Post is delighted to sponsor the Irish Book Awards: Emilie Pine’s book, a challenging read, is deeply human and Irish, emotional and clever. An Post thanks all the voters for engaging with the Awards in such large numbers.”

The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to a wide range of readers, bringing together a massive community who are passionate about writing. Readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians unite to recognise Irish talent.

Congratulations to Emilie on her deserved achievement, we can't wait to consume her next piece of beautiful and fearless writing.

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Last night marked the annual Irish Book Awards. Talented authors suited up and put on their best dress to anxiously await the final results.

Some of those included in the nominations were Emilie Pine, Graham Norton, Sally Rooney, James Kavanagh, and the Aisling girls Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen.

The Late Late Show’s Ryan Tubridy was also in attendance to support the winner of RTE Radio 1’s The Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice Award: Skin Deep by Liz Nugent.

Nugent’s compelling thriller also took home the trophy for the Irish Independent’s Crime Fiction Book of the Year.

The rest of the 2018 results were as follows:

Eurospar Cookbook of the Year – Currabinny Cookbook by James Kavanagh and William Murphy

Ireland AM Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year – The Cow Book by John Connell

Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year – The Importance of Being Aisling by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

Bord Gais Energy Sports Book of the Year – Game Changer by Cora Staunton

Love Leabhar Gaelige Irish Language Book of the Year – Tuatha De Danann by Diarmuid Johnson

Eason Book Club Novel of the Year – Normal People by Sally Rooney

Dept 51 Eason Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year – The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan

National Book Tokens Children’s Book of the Year – Blazing a Trail by Sarah Webb (Senior) and The President’s Cat by Peter Donnelly (Junior).

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year – Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year – Birthday by Brian Kirk

Writing.ie Short Story of the Year Award – How to Build a Space Rocket by Roisin O’Donnell

The Journal.ie Best Irish-Published Book of the Year – Lighthouses of Ireland by Roger O’Reilly

Onside Non-Fiction Book of the Year – People Like Me by Lynn Ruane

The fantastic poet Thomas Kinsella also received The Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congratulations to all the winners! 

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