The winner of the inaugural Michel Déon Prize for non-fiction is Breandán Mac Suibhne for his book The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland
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Michel Déon Prize
The inaugural Michel Déon Prize was awarded in December 2018 by the Royal Irish Academy to a non-fiction writer domiciled in Ireland. In alternate years the prize will be awarded by the Académie française to a fiction writer domiciled in France. The author of the 2018 winning book received €10,000 and will give the 'Michel Déon Lecture' in France in 2019.
In 2018 the Royal Irish Academy's Michel Déon Prize for non-fiction, funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, will be awarded to the author of the book that the judging panel consider to be the best work of non-fiction published in the previous two years from the eligible categories. In selecting the winner, the judging panel will be looking for: originality; quality of writing and contribution to knowledge and/or public debate.
The purpose of the prize is:
- to honour the life of Michel Déon (1919-2016) by continuing his work in supporting and championing writing talent
- to sustain the legacy of Michel Déon in celebrating the richness and diversity of cultural experience in Europe
Eligible Non-Fiction Books
Eligible non-fiction books will have been published between July 2016 and July 2018 and may be from any of the following non-fiction categories: autobiography, biography, cultural studies, history, literary studies, philosophy, travel. Authors of any nationality domiciled on the island of Ireland are eligible. The book must be by a single-author and in the English or Irish languages.
The following categories of book are not eligible:- RIA Publications; self-published books; practical manuals; guides and children’s books.
Nominations are now closed and the Royal Irish Academy will award this prize again in 2020.