Costa Book of the Year 2011 Winner
Set in Paris in 1785, Pure is the story of naive young engineer, Jean-Baptiste Baratte, who is given the unenviable and controversial job of emptying the noxious, overflowing Parisian cemetery, Les Innocents, and of demolishing its church.
Geordie Greig, chair of the final judges, said: “Pure is a rich and evocative historical novel which engrosses with its vivid portrait of pre-revolutionary France. The qualities of Pure stood out for its memorable gothic tale of morality and mortality.”
Pure was up against the other Costa Book Award category winners for the Book of the Year gong beating the bookies favourite, Now All Roads Lead to France : the last years of Edward Thomas by Matthew Hollis (Costa Biography Award winner), The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy (Costa Poetry Award winner), Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson (Costa First Novel Award winner) and Blood Red Road by Moira Young (Costa Children’s Book Award winner).