Costa Book Awards 2012 Category Winners Announced!

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Bring up the BodiesUpdate (29 Jan): Hilary Mantel announced as overall winner! (see comment below) 

For the first time ever, a female winner features in every category of the 2012 Costa Book Awards. The category winners were announced today, Thursday, 3rd January.

The winners in the different categories are as follows:-

Hilary Mantel wins the Novel Award with 'Bring up the Bodies', the book that won her the Man Booker prize back in October. She therefore becomes the first author to win both the Costa Novel Award and the Booker Prize in the same year. 'Bring up the Bodies' is the sequel to 'Wolf Hall' and part of a trilogy, and in it Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

The InnocentsFrancesca Segal wins the First Novel Award with 'The Innocents'. This is a story of childhood sweethearts about to get married when an American cousin returns to the family fold.

Maggot MoonSally Gardner, severely dyslexic children’s writer-illustrator, wins the Children’s Book Award with her fifth novel, 'Maggot Moon'.

Mary Talbot wins the Biography Award, for her graphic memoir about James Joyce’s daughter, 'Dotter of her Father’s Eyes'. This therefore becomes the first ever graphic work to win a Costa Award. The writer’s co-author and husband, Bryan Talbot, is the book’s illustrator.

Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie wins the Poetry Award for her collection 'The Overhaul' (also not in stock, sorry yet again).

The overall winner will be announced towards the end of January.


Hilary Mantel today became the first novelist to win both the Man Booker and the Costa prize in the same year. when the judging panel decided that "Bring up the Bodies", the second instalment of her Tudor trilogy, was this year's overall winner. One of the judges is reported as saying that "she simply stood head and shoulders – more than head and shoulders – above the rest" (The Telegraph). Read also The Independent

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