Limerick woman's book wins category at Irish book awards

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Limerick woman's book wins category at Irish book awards

Vicky's book won the listener's choice award

LIMERICK'S Vicky Phelan won the RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners Choice Award at last night's An Post Irish Book Awards ceremony in Dublin.

Overcoming is the Annacotty woman's memoirs which details her life before and since her terminal cancer diagnosis and legal battle that made national headlines in April 2018.

Overcoming was championed by Ray D'Arcy on her path to victory, and saw off Night Boat To Tangier, Girl, Shadowplay, and Once, Twice, Three Times An Aisling to take home the coveted prize.

Taking to Twitter this Thursday morning, Phelan took to Twitter on Thursday morning, and thanked Ray D'Arcy for championing her book, as well as her agent Shelia Crowley and her ghostwriter Naomi Linehan for their support in the endeavour.

2018's winner in the category was Skin Deep, by Liz Nugent.

The book is tipped to become a best-seller as the Christmas season approaches, with the Irish Times review of the book praising it's "exquisite mix of the personal and political, adding depth, details and context to a narrative with which the nation is already familiar."

Ms. Phelan is a founding member of the 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group, and has become a household name thanks for her tireless work in an attempt for healthcare reform in Ireland.

Her campaigning led to the Scally Review, a root and branch investigation into Cervical Check in Ireland, being launched in March 2019 by Minister for Health, Simon Harris.