York-born author Kate Atkinson has been crowned one of five winners in the Costa Book Awards 2015, and will now compete for the coveted Book of the Year award.
It is the second time in three years that Atkinson has won the Costa Novel Award.
Meanwhile, poet, writer and musician Don Paterson OBE, who was born in Dundee and now lives in Edinburgh, was handed the Costa Poetry Award for his latest collection, ‘40 Sonnets’ – 12 years after he first won the accolade.
Other winners included former teacher and librarian, Andrew Michael Hurley, who won the First Novel Award with his debut, The Loney, a slow-burn gothic horror story the judges called ‘as close to the perfect first novel as you can get’; while historian and writer Andrea Wulf triumphed in the Biography Award category for ‘The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, The Lost Hero of Science’.
The final category winner was Young Adult fiction and children’s writer Frances Hardinge, who scooped the Children’s Book Award with Victorian melodrama The Lie Tree.
Ms Atkinson said: “A God In Ruins is possibly the best novel I’ve written so it absolutely wonderful to have it validated in this way. I’m delighted that It has been chosen as Costa Novel of the year, after Life After Life was similarly recognised.”
Laura F. Nixon