Costa Book Awards 2012

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The prize-winners have been announced!  Click here to get all the latest news…  Many congratulations to Hilary Mantel for yet another prize for her novel Bring up the bodies!   I’m really looking forward to enjoying the other prize-winning entries too.  I love it that there is a class for a debut novel – it’s so difficult to get your first book published so to have your talent recognised early on is a real bonus and is exciting for other aspiring authors.  Francesca Segal’s novel, The Innocents, looks like another good read so it’ll be going on my nook wishlist for next month.  I am intrigued by the idea of a graphic portrayal of the biography winner, a memoir combining the story of James Joyce’s relationship with his daughter, Lucia, intermingled with that of author Mary Talbot and her father, Joycean scholar, James Atherton. Mary’s script is beautifully illustrated by her husband, Bryan, so I will look out for that in the bookshops, rather than download it in eBook format. I am also looking forward to grabbing a copy of the collection of poems, The Overhaul, by Kathleen Jamiewhich, it is said, will convert any non-poetry reader to enjoyment of this art-form.  One book definitely picked up by the School Library already is Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, I wonder whether we have enough copies???