The category winners of the Costa Book Awards have been announced:
Novel: Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
First Novel: The Innocents by Francesca Segal
Biography: Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary M. Talbot and Bryan Talbot
Poetry: The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie
Children’s Book: Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
There are a couple of notable firsts for the Costas here: a graphic novel (Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes) taking one of the prizes, and an all-female roster of winning writers (Bryan Talbot being the illustrator of the biography).
Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes actually looks like the winner I’m most interested in investigating – graphic novels are a gap in my reading diet, and this could be a good title with which to start changing that.