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Ireland's Sebastian Barry wins 2008 Costa Book of the Year
Edited Press Release
Irish author Sebastian Barry
has won the 2008 Costa Book of the Year award for "The Secret
Scripture" (Faber and Faber), a moving account of one woman's stolen
life and her journey to reclaim the past. The announcement was
Tuesday evening (January 27) at an awards ceremony held at the
InterContinental Hotel in central London.
bookmakers' odds-on favourite, won against one of the most acclaimed
collections of finalists in the Book Awards history beating four other
finalists including 91 year-old author Diana Athill for her memoir
"Somewhere Towards the End," bestselling first-time novelist Sadie Jones for "The Outcast," poet
and writer Adam Foulds for
"The Broken Word" and popular children's writer Michelle Magorian for "Just Henry,"
to win the overall prize and a check for £25,000 (about $40,000)
at the glittering awards ceremony.
"Sebastian Barry has created one of the great narrative voices in
contemporary fiction in The Secret Scripture. It is a book of great
brilliance, powerfully and beautifully written." said Matthew Parris,
chair of the final judges, in a press release the judging.
The Secret Scripture, published by Faber and Faber, is the ninth novel
to take the overall prize. A. L. Kennedy was the last author to win the
Book of the Year with a novel taking the prize in 2007 for Day.
The Costa Book Awards recognize the most enjoyable books of the last
year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. Originally
established by Whitbread PLC in 1971, Costa announced its takeover of
the sponsorship of the UK's prestigious and popular book prize in 2006.
Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has
been won eight times by a novel, four times by a first novel, five
times by a biography, five times by a collection of poetry and once by
a children's book.
For more information please visit www.costabookawards.com.
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