Blog: 2012 Costa Book of the Year


Novelist Hilary Mantel has won the 2012 Costa Book of the Year. She received a cheque for £30,000 at the awards ceremony in London.

Jenni Murray chaired a final judging panel that included actress Jenny Agutter, broadcaster Katie Derham, actress and writer Sophie Ward, author and comedian Mark Watson, poet Daljit Nagra and authors Wendy Holden, DJ Taylor and Marcus Sedgwick.

The judges chose Bring Up the Bodies, 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 eleven 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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