Monday, January 07, 2013
Costa Book Awards: winning women fully deserve their prizes
It feels like a watershed moment sure to get people talking: for the first time in its history women have won all five Costa Book Awards. But look a little closer and the winners in each category are hardly controversial.
Few will be surprised that Hilary Mantel’s all-conquering Tudor sequel Bring Up the Bodies – which won the Man Booker Prize and sold 196,340 hardback copies in 2012 – was awarded the best novel award.
Poetry winner Kathleen Jamie is an established nature writer whose collection The Overhaul is considered her finest yet.
Francesca Segal’s Edith Wharton-inspired first novel winner, The Innocents, set in Hampstead Garden Suburb, is both elegant and clever.