£30,000 isn’t bad for doing what you love… as Andrew Miller has just discovered as the latest winner of the Costa Book Awards. His novel, Pure, was described as “vividly told story of life in pre-revolutionary Paris”. Miller was presented with the award earlier today at Quaglino’s restaurant in Piccadilly.
And judging chair Geordie Greig has revealed that it came down to a two-horse race – a choice between fact and fiction. Matthew Hollis’s Now All Roads Lead to France was the other favourite, but Bristol-born Miller has emerged thoroughly deserving winner. The overall winner was selected from five categories; novel, biography, poetry, children’s novel and first novel.
But that’s not the only exciting story of the day – the Costa award organisers have announced a new short story prize for 2012! Despite not being judged alongside the other five category winners, this opens the award to a whole plethora of other incredible authors.
Are you pleased to see Andrew Miller win the Costa Book Awards? And how do you feel about the brand new short story prize?