OBP Nominations for Irish Book Awards 2012!

Hello Friends of OBP!

It’s been a while, but after our busiest and best autumn season ever we’re back with a bang and some great news!

Four of our autumn books have been nominated for Irish Book Awards and we’re very excited about it!
Details of all the books are below and if you think you might like to vote for one of them, then please do! But be sure to do it quickly as voting closes at midnight this Sunday 18th November! http://www.irishbookawards.ie/vote-here-for-your-favourite-titles/

Check back here soon for a round-up of our awesome Autumn events and some fantastic Christmas gift ideas! (Check out the website for the special 20% discount on all our books until 14 December!)

And Time Stood Still by Alice Taylor
Shortlisted for the International Education Services Best Irish-Published Book of the Year

Alice Taylor shares her heart and soul, her loves and losses in this intimate book
Alice has known, loved, and lost many people throughout her life. Here she talks about her special people, her memory of what meant so much to her about them. She remembers her husband, father and mother, a beloved sister, her little brother Connie, and many others. She tells how she coped with the emptiness she felt when they died, of the seeming impossibility of moving on with life after such deeply felt loss, when time stood still.

This book is a sharing – it lets the reader in on a story and celebration of life in its intimacy, its small, precious moments. When we experience grief, sharing in someone else’s story can help us more than anything, and in the hands of master storyteller Alice Taylor, we may find our own solace and the space to remember our own special people.

‘thought-provoking’ Evening Echo
‘beautifully illustrated and featuring the finest of prose and poetry’ Southern Star

At War with the Empire by Gerry Hunt
Shortlisted for the International Education Services Best-Irish Published Book of the Year
The Easter Rising of 1916, with its Proclamation of Independence, lit the spark that would eventually blaze into a full-scale War of Independence in Ireland.
Though the 1916 Rising was put down within a week, the harshness of the British response greatly increased support for Sinn Fein, the Republican party. By 1918 disaffectation with British rule was widespread. When Sinn Féin won a majority of seats in the 1918 election they vowed to set up their own Irish parliament. The first Irish parliament, the Dáil, was formed on 21 January 1919. It reaffirmed the 1916 proclamation with the Declaration of Independence, and issued a ‘Message to the Free Nations of the World’ that stated that there was ‘an existing state of war between Ireland and England’. On that same day, the first shots were fired in the Irish War of Independence.

This is the story of that war.

‘the War of Independence as you’ve never seen it before’ RTE Guide
‘moves along at a deceptively fast pace and a strong narrative emerges from the force and vividness of its determinedly old-fashioned drawings’ Sunday Times

Leave it to Eva by Judi Curtin
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Senior

Fun, feisty Eva Gordon always tries to help her friends, but this time she might have a problem that’s too big even for her …
When Eva and her family go to Seacove, she’s looking forward to seeing her friend Kate, but things have gone very wrong for Kate and this time Eva’s not sure if she should help her …

It’s not just Seacove Eva’s visiting – her friend Ruby offers her the chance of a visit to London. And there may be a way the trip with Ruby can help Eva sort things out for everyone …

If you have a problem that needs solving, just leave it to Eva!

‘would heartily recommend both this book and the author’ lovereading4kids.co.uk
‘readers young and old will savour this latest instalment’ Sunday Independent Living
‘a thoughtful examination of friendship and loyalty’ Irish Independent

Rebecca’s Rules by Anna Carey
Shortlisted for the Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year Senior

My name is Rebecca Rafferty, and there are so many things wrong with my life right now.

My boyfriend has moved to Canada. Canada!
I have annoyed my best friends Cass and Alice by going on about him all the time.
I’m going to a crazy girl’s ridiculous birthday party and I am not sure why.
Things have got to change. So I’ve made some new rules.

No moping.
No ignoring my friends’ problems.
Find something exciting for me, Cass and Alice to do so our friendship gets back to normal.
Something fun. Something new. Something like joining the school musical …

‘It reminded me of being a teenager, the nice parts! It’s a perfect piece of hilarious loveliness! Gold Star!!!!’ Marian Keyes
‘another slice of real-life heartbreak and joy – and a lot of laughs’ Irish Independent
‘better than Adrian Mole!’ lovereading.co.uk