Or rather John Stubbs’
Donne: The Reformed Soul did. From what was said of it*, it sounded a worthy winner and I have seen it in the store a few times and nearly bought it so I’m not that bitter:
Donne: The Reformed Soul deserved to win the overall award, said the chairman of the judging panel, David Goodhart, because it was “a revelation”. “I had expected a dry literary biography,” he added, “and found myself transported by a historical thriller set amidst the high politics of late 16th-, early 17th-century England, with struggles over religious and national loyalties which have many contemporary echoes.”
I am very disappointed for Brenda though and for everyone involved with Bibeanna which is a beautiful AND important book and didn’t even win in its category.
Oh well. An ceád úr eile.
* Silly Premium Content
I may have mentioned some time ago
That I was at the launch of Bibeanna: Memories from a Corner of Ireland pretty soon after I joined Mercier.
Well, now we have just heard some absolutely great news. Brenda Ní Shúilleabháin has been nominated for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award in the Irish-language category. Yippee!
Congratulations to Brenda and all involved. It is a wonderful book and one we are enormously proud of. It is also selling very well (selling through a reprint very rapidly) which just goes to show that dual language titles with quality design and good content can make a big impact.
Pleased as pie,
Oh and here are some pictures from that launch (It was an amazing day in the Kingdom!)
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