The book has been described as a courageous exploration of alcoholism, mental illness, rape and infertility.
Notes to Self by Emilie Pine has been voted the An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018.
Published by Tramp Press, the acclaimed piece is penned as a series of essays, with Pine writing about a variety of aspects of her life, including fertility, feminism, sexual violence and depression.
She also addresses her personal experience of a family member's addiction.
The ‘An Post Irish Book of the Year 2018’ was chosen by a public vote from the list of category winners announced at the recent An Post Irish Book Awards. Previous winners of this esteemed award include ‘Atlas of the Irish Revolution’ by John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil, Mike Murphy and Dr. John Borgonovo, ‘Solar Bones’ by Mike McCormack, ‘Asking for it’ by Louise O’Neill, ‘Academy Street’ by Mary Costello, ‘Staring at Lakes’ by Michael Harding, ‘The Spinning Heart’ by Donal Ryan and ‘Solace’ by Belinda McKeon.
Pine is the Associate Professor of Modern Drama at University College Dublin. She has published widely as an academic and critic. Notes to Self is her first collection of personal essays. She has previously said that she "wrote the essay she needed to read".
“I’m delighted and honoured to win Irish Book of the Year," Pine said.
"I have been so moved by the generosity and support of readers over the past six months. This award is the kind of validation a writer dreams of – of my story, and also of the vision of my incredible publishers, Tramp Press”.