Hilary Mantel continues to draw awards and acclaim, winning the Costa Novel Award for her masterpiece Bring Up the Bodies.
Ms Mantel’s win is one of several firsts for the Costa Awards, with her becoming the first author to win both the Costa Novel Award and Booker Prize in the same year.
Also a first was awarding a prize, the Biography prize, to a graphic novel. Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes was written by Mary Talbot and drawn by her husband, Bryan Talbot.
The other first is that all five category prizes have been won by women with Francesca Segal winning the First Novel award with The Innocents.
Kathleen Jamie won the Poetry award for The Overhaul and, despite being dyslexic, Sally Gardner won the Children’s Book prize for Maggot Moon which she both wrote and illustrated.
Each of the Costa Book Award winners will recieve £5,000 in prize money. They will now be reappraised and the winner of the £25,000 Costa Book of the Year will be announced on 29th January in London.