The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until January 31st 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

The Man Booker Winners

    

In a shock announcement, the judges of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction have awarded the prize to two authors: Margaret Atwood for The Testaments and Bernardine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other.   The Testaments is set more than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale. The theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within.  At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of 12 very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years. Joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible. 

You can join the conversation using #BookerPrize2019#FinestFiction and @ReadingAgency on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Find out more about the 2019 judges and the Prize on their website.

 

Manbooker Shortlist

 

   

Other Book Awards