Andrew Miller, Bath Spa University Lecturer in Creative Writing, has won the Costa Books Awards beating stiff competition to the £35,000 prize. His sixth novel, Pure, scooped Costa’s ‘Best Novel’ earlier this month and has now been crowned overall winner of ‘Costa Book of the Year’.
Pure, a parable of the French Revolution set in 18th-century Paris, was commended by the judges: "A structurally and stylistically flawless historical novel, this book is a gripping story, beautifully written and emotionally satisfying. A novel without a weakness from an author who we all feel deserves a wider readership.”
The Costa Book Awards started life in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards and is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes. The awards recognise some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. It’s unique for having five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book. Category winners then compete for best overall book.
See an interview with Andrew Miller by the Daily Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/ [...] r-novel-Pure-wins-Costa-Book-of-the-Year-2012.html
See an interview with Andrew Miller by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16710939