Crettyard farmer and author Lorna Sixsmith has won the Best Nonfiction Book award in the Carousel Aware Prize for independently published books with her second publication, How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife.
The CAP awards aim to showcase the cream of Irish self-published authors, bringing them to the attention of bookshops, distributors and the media in Ireland and abroad.
Eason and Dubray Books sponsored the awards and will stock the winning books from the five categories in their shops.
The nonfiction shortlist was judged by Tony Canavan, editor of Books Ireland Magazine who said he enjoyed immensely the insight into farming life provided by Sixsmith’s book.
“I’ve succeeded already in getting my three books into all Irish bookshops via the wholesalers, and I’m so delighted to win this award,” says Lorna.
“Apart from gaining recognition, I also see my books as helping to show non-farmers what farming life is like, and in an entertaining and humourous way”.
Sixsmith recently published her third book An Ideal Farm Husband and it was launched by the Irish Independent at the Ploughing Championships.
“This isn’t a book about measuring grass or increasing milk yield, it’s about keeping all the women in your life happy, neighbours envious of your farming prowess and knowing how to stop and smell the eau de slurrai/roses,” says the author. She explores issues such as getting away for a holiday, ensuring your wife and mother get on well, recycling holey wellies, interpreting “farm speak”, creating a signature gift, managing to pretend you are telepathic and of course, how to stay married.
Packed with sensible tips, yet delivered with tongue-in-cheek humour, and with quizzes to test progress, both books will make the perfect Christmas stocking present this year. One for him, one for her.
An Ideal Farm Husband and How To Be A Perfect Farm Wife are €12.95 and available in good bookshops.