LONDON Jan 6 Kate Atkinson, author of
award-winning "Behind the Scenes at the Museum", won the best
novel of the year in the Costa Book Awards on Monday with her
new book "Life After Life", about a woman who gets a second
chance to live.
Lucy Hallett-Hughes's "The Pike", about Italian poet, serial
seducer and proto-fascist warmonger Gabriele D'Annunzio, got the
nod for best biography while Michael Symmons Roberts' latest
collection of poems, "Drysalter", won the poetry award.
Writer, lecturer and mental health nurse Nathan Filer won
the Costa First Novel Award for "The Shock of the Fall", about a
man's descent into madness as he becomes aware of his role in
the boyhood death of his older brother.
Political cartoonist Chris Riddell took the children's book
award for "Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse", in which the
girl of the title and a mouse named Ishmael team up to
investigate the surprising secrets of the spooky mansion where
The Costa awards go to writers based in Britain or Ireland
for a work published in the last year. They were established in
1971 by Whitbread but were renamed after Costa Coffee took over
Each of the winners receives a prize of 5,000 pounds
($8,200) and is eligible for the Costa Book of the Year Award,
which will be announced later this month.
Since the introduction of the Book of the Year Award in
1985, it has been won 11 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.
Atkinson herself won it in 1995 for "Behind the Scenes at
the Museum". The 2012 winner was Hilary Mantel's historical
novel "Bring Up the Bodies".
($1 = 0.6083 British pounds)
(Writing by Michael Roddy; Editing by Hugh Lawson)