Blog: 2011 Costa Book of the Year


Novelist Andrew Miller has won the 2011 Costa Book of the Year, his first major literary award, for his sixth novel. He received a cheque for £30,000 at the awards ceremony in London.

Geordie Greig chaired a final judging panel that included actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, actress Dervla Kirwan, broadcaster Mary Nightingale, novelist Patrick Gale, author Jojo Moyes, historical biographer Flora Fraser, author William Fiennes and children’s writer, Eleanor Updale.

The judges chose Pure, the winner of the Costa Book Award for Novel, over the winners in the other categories: First Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Book.

Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won ten times by a novel, four times by a first novel, five times by a biography, five times by a collection of poetry and once by a children’s book.


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