Hilary Mantel has another award to add to her collection after Wolf Hall sequel Bring Up the Bodies was awarded the Costa Book of the Year
It’s the second major book prize victory this year for Mantel, who was also awarded the Man Booker Prize, making her the first author to have won both prizes in the same year.
Bring Up the Bodies is the eleventh novel to be awarded the Costa Book of the Year, which is also open to the winners of four other Costa award categories: first novel; biography; poetry and children’s book. Other winners of the top prize include William Boyd’s Restless which was adapted into a BBC drama this aired this Christmas, Andrea Levy’s Small Island and last year’s winner, Pure by Andrew Miller.
In the same ceremony, Avril Joy received the inaugural Costa Short Story Award for Millie and Bird.