Jan 05 2011
Best-selling novelist Maggie O'Farrell has won her first major literary prize, the British Costa novel award, for The Hand That First Held Mine putting her in the running for the Book of the Year Award which will be announced January 25.
The four other books in the running are Out of the Shadows by debut writer Jason Wallace (children's novel award), poet Jo Shapcott for Of Mutability, novelist Kishwar Desai for Witness The Night (first novel prize) and biographer Edmund de Waal for The Hare with the Amber Eyes. De Waal's memoir of family and inheritance, which bookmakers favor to win, uses 264 delicate Japanese carvings to tell the extraordinary story of his family living through tumultuous events in Paris and Vienna.
Information on three of the five Costa winners can be found at BookBrowse (the other two books are not yet published in the US)
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