Briefly Noted | Public vote debut novel as Irish Book of the Year – Books, Life & Style – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Solace, the debut novel by Longford writer Belinda McKeon, has been voted the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book of the Year for 2011.
The public were asked to vote for their favourite title from the list of 10 category winners announced at the recent Irish Book Awards 2011. Ms McKeon, who was named as Sunday Independent Best Irish Newcomer of the Year at the awards, topped the poll.
Widely-praised by reviewers and leading writers such as Anne Enright and Colm Toibin, Solace is a novel very much in the tradition of John McGahern.