WEST CORK’S favourite showbiz personality, Graham Norton, has been awarded the Popular Fiction Book of the Year 2016 at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards for his first novel, ‘Holding’.
This is the 11th year of the awards, which are dedicated to honouring Irish writers across the entire publishing spectrum.
The Bandon native and Sheep’s Head summer resident is no stranger to the Bord Gáis awards, after his second memoir ‘The Life and loves of a He-Devil’ won the 2014 Non-Fiction Book of the Year award.
The BBC presenter has been described by some critics as being ‘wasted’ as a TV host, following the publication of his novel which tells the story of a mystery surrounding a body found in a West Cork village.
He has even hinted that ‘Holding’ – which features a reference to your very own ‘Southern Star’ – may not be his only dabble in the world of non-fiction.
The public can now vote for the overall Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year by logging on to www.bgeirishbookawards.ie until December 9th. Last year’s winner of the Book of the Year was Clonakilty writer Louise O’Neill for her second novel, ‘Asking For It’.