LONDON Jan 2 Female authors scooped all five
categories in the Costa Book Awards for the first time on
Wednesday, with two-time Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel up
against a graphic memoir "Dotter of her Father's Eyes" for the
Husband-and-wife team Bryan and Mary Talbot jointly won the
Costa Biography Award for "Dotter of her Father's Eyes," a
biography of James Joyce's daughter interwoven with a memoir of
the author's own troubled relationship with her father, the
Joycean scholar James S. Atherton.
Mary Talbot, a scholar and author, teamed up with husband
Bryan who has worked on underground comics and superhero stories
including "Judge Dredd" and "Batman: Legends of the Dark
Their collaboration was the first graphic work to win a
Costa category award, and as well as receiving a cheque for
5,000 pounds ($8,000) the authors are in the running for the
"Costa Book of the Year" title to be announced on Jan. 29.
Mantel will look to add to her impressive list of literary
honours, after "Bring up the Bodies", the sequel to her
acclaimed historical novel "Wolf Hall," scooping the Costa Novel
Journalist, critic and writer Francesca Segal's debut novel
"The Innocents", set in a Jewish community in northwest London
and modelled on Edith Wharton's "The Age of Innocence," won the
Costa First Novel Award.
Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie won the poetry prize for her
collection "The Overhaul," and writer/illustrator and dyslexia
campaigner Sally Gardner claimed the Costa Children's Book Award
for "Maggot Moon".
The Costa awards go to writers based in the UK and Ireland
for a work published in the last year. They were established in
1971 by Whitbread but were renamed after Costa Coffee took over
Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in
1985, it has been won 10 times by a novel, four times by a first
novel, five times by a biography, seven times by a collection of
poetry and once by a children's book.
The 2011 Costa Book of the Year was "Pure" by Andrew Miller.
(Reporting by Mike Collett-White; editing by Patricia Reaney)