Why read at all when you can simply vote?

The Irish Book Awards are a good thing for the country’s literary scene – as long as you’re not worried about whether the books themselves get read or not

24th December, 2014
Cecelia Ahern, Graham Norton and Cathy Kelly at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards 2014 Picture: Patrick Bolger

The gorgeous dresses, the gleaming smiles, the gushing thank-yous: to all intents and purposes, the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, which took place on Wednesday in Dublin, looked like a fine and starry night out, a flashy black-tie evening to celebrate the brightest and best of Irish literary talent.

The event was televised, with celebrity guest presenters and plenty of the appropriate pomp. A roll-call of fine authors took to the stage...

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