Sebastian Barry wins Costa Novel Award for the second time

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Days Without EndWe're delighted to hear that Sebastian Barry's novel Days Without End has won the Costa Novel Award 2016. It's Barry's second time to win the award, his novel The Secret Scripture was awarded both the Costa Novel Award and the overall Costa Book of the Year 2008. A Long, Long Way (2005) was the book choice for Dublin: One City, One Book 2007.

Two other winners have Irish connections: Scottish writer Brian Conaghan now lives in Dublin and the subject of Keggie Carew's winning biography, Dadland is her Irish father Tom Carew.

The overall Costa Book of the Year, chosen from the category winners will be announced on 31 January.

2016 category winners with links to the library catalogue:


The Golden HillDadlandFalling AwakeBombs

Costa First Novel Award: Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Faber & Faber)
What the judges said: “A captivating and dazzlingly original tale that heralds a bold, invigorating new voice in fiction.”

Costa Novel Award: Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber)
What the judges said: “A miracle of a book – both epic and intimate – that manages to create spaces for love and safety in the noise and chaos of history.”

Costa Biography Award: Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew (Chatto & Windus)
What the judges said: “We all adored this hilarious and heartbreaking book – you’ll be so glad you read it.”

Costa Poetry Award: Falling Awake by Alice Oswald (Jonathan Cape Poetry)
What the judges said: “We were all in awe of this book – please read it!”

Costa Children's Book Award: The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
What the judges said: “Timely yet also hilariously funny, Bombs is a necessary take on modern life in extraordinary circumstances.”

See the full shortlist for the Costa Book Awards 2016.

Costa Book Awards


Congratulations to Sebastian Barry on winning the overall Costa Book of the Year Award 2016 for the second time - the first novelist to do so!

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