Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Costa book award: Andrew Miller wins for sixth novel, Pure

Vivid tale of life in pre-revolutionary Paris beats Matthew Hollis's biography of Edward Thomas to £30,000 prize cheque

Andrew Miller
Costa book of the year winner Andrew Miller. Photograph: Abbie Trayler-Smith

A vividly told story of life in pre-revolutionary Paris on Tuesday won the 2011 Costa book award in what turned out to be a bitterly fought two-way tussle between fact and fiction.
Andrew Miller was given one of the UK's most prestigious literary prizes – along with a £30,000 cheque – at a ceremony in London for his sixth novel, Pure.
The judging chair, Geordie Greig, said "there really was a fierce debate" during the 90-minute judging discussion. "There was quite bitter dissent and argument to find the winner. The debate was prolonged with passionate views over two books."
Those two were Pure and Now All Roads Lead to France, Matthew Hollis's gripping and moving biography of war poet Edward Thomas.
Full report at The Guardian.

And photos taken at the event.

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