Top 10 Favourite Books of 2017

By Brona Looby
In Book Awards
Jan 5th, 2018

The Results Are In!

Our top 10 titles are testament to the diversity of brilliant books published last year, and there’s definitely something for every taste in the wonderful selection of the Top 10 favourite reads of 2017!

 1. The Gospel According to Blindboy by Blindboy Boatclub

We’re delighted to announce that the overall winner in our poll to find the Favourite Book of 2017 is The Gospel According to Blindboy – the incredible, original and brilliant collection of short stories from Blindboy Boatclub. The award is all the more remarkable for the fact that this is Blindboy’s debut, thereby further heralding the arrival of a major new talent on the Irish literary scene.

 2. Pursuit of Perfection by Donal McAnallan

A unique portrait of the former Tyrone GAA All-Star Cormac McAnallen who died tragically of an undetected heart condition at the age of only twenty-four.


 3. OMG What a Complete Aisling! by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen

A touching and comical based on the enormously popular Facebook group about Aisling, a girl from the country who has moved to the Big Smoke. An Irish Bridget Jones for the millennial age!


 4. A Force for Justice: The Maurice McCabe Story by Michael Clifford

The explosive inside story of Garda Whistleblower Maurice McCabe written by one of Ireland’s foremost investigative journalists.


 5. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay

A funny, moving and sometimes horrifying account of what it’s like working as a junior doctor on the frontline of the NHS.


 6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Gail Honeyman’s wonderful, quirky and heartwarming debut tells the story of Eleanor, a quiet and socially awkward woman whose life is forever changed by a chance encounter.


 7. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

A page-turning and edge of your seat thriller about a couple who encounter their worst nightmare when their child is abducted in the middle of the night.


 8. The Hearts Invisible Furies by John Boyne

A beautifully written coming-of-age tale about the life of Cyril Avery, who struggles to be accepted growing up as a gay man in Catholic Ireland. Spanning fifty years, this is an epic and sweeping novel which has already been enshrined as a Book Club classic.


 9. The Choice by Philly McMahon

A moving and inspirational memoir from Dublin Footballer Philly McMahon which details how he triumphed against all the odds to become one of the GAA’s most talented players.


 10. The Street Where You Live by Roisin Meaney

A wonderful, warm and heart-warming tale about the lives of the members of a choir who discover their lives are intertwined more than they could ever have imagined.


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