Ballinasloe-based author Nuala Ní Chonchúir has been shortlisted for the prestigious Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year for her latest novel The Closet of Savage Mementos published in 2014 by New Island. The shortlist of five books also includesCity of Dis by David Butler, Blue is the Night by Eoin McNamee, The Visitors by Patrick O’Keeffe and The Diary of Mary Travers by Eibhear Walshe.
The adjudicators Eileen Battersby and Gerald Dawe will select the winner, who will be presented with a cheque for €15,000 at the Opening Night of Listowel Writers’ Week on the 27th May 2015.
The Closet of Savage Mementos is a novel about grief, betrayal by loved ones, motherhood, adoption, post-natal depression and the grip of past events. It is partially based on the author’s own experiences and was described in the Sunday Times as ‘…her finest novel yet’ and in the The Sunday Independent as ‘raw, beautiful and compelling, a “must read”.’
In other good news for Nuala, in summer 2015 Penguin USA, Penguin Canada and Sandstone Press (UK) will publish Nuala’s third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid. Miss Emily has already garnered rapturous advance praise and has been optioned for film.