Ruth Fitzmaurice wins Newcomer of the Year at the Irish Book Awards

Ruth Fitzmaurice has won the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year award at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards for her debut book I FOUND MY TRIBE. The awards were presented in Dublin on 28 November.

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Ruth said: “I have a red letter box outside my home and a very clever postman delivering letters addressed to Ruth Fitzmaurice – The Lady at the Cove (she might be at the beach) and stuff like that. They always find me. It’s lovely to have people tell you their stories, even if it’s sad.

“I didn’t expect it. I’m a writer and I like saying that. I was a housewife for a long time – and being a housewife is cool but writing is what I love to do. I would have been happy just to be nominated, genuinely. It was a very broad category with some very very cool people in the category,” she added.

“When I started writing, the kids were a bit younger and now they’re a bit more self aware,” she said. “I have a 12-year-old who has started to get embarrassed. I do hope that they have a beautiful map – even an emotional map – to understand what our lives have been like. It’s been a crazy, crazy decade really.

“I’d rather define it as a crazy because there’s been some wonderful stuff in the midst of some shot stuff happening. I’d prefer to think of it as a crazy adventure instead of tragic. You don’t have to have really ridiculous stuff happen to you to experience pain in your life. People relate to that. It’s part of life, it is what is it. It doesn’t mean that you have to fall under.”

The RTE interview with Ruth about her win can be viewed here. Many congratulations, Ruth!