Keane on Books: Irish Book Awards finalists and new novels for 2022


Stratospheric levels of excitement greeted this year’s An Post Irish Book Awards shortlist with a fantastic showing from our contributors and columnists.

The acclaimed memoirs of Sinéad O’Connor Memories is shortlisted for Dubray Biography of the Year. Sophie White was nominated (in the Best Irish Publication category) for her outstanding collection of essays – Corpse – and Emily Hourican’s elegant evocation of the life of the Guinness heiresses joins the popular fiction nominees.

Fight or flight: my life, my choices by Keith Earls written with Tommy Conlon, and Crossing the line by Willie Anderson written with Brendan Fanning, both negroes from our sports department, were selected, while Life the culinary collaborator of Rachel Allen magazine (for Broth Soup Bread) was also on the cookbook list.

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