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Atkinson's Life After Life wins British literary award

Published on Jan 7, 2014 6:13 AM
Book cover: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. -- FILE PHOTO: DOUBLEDAY

LONDON (REUTERS) - Kate Atkinson, author of award-winning Behind The Scenes At The Museum, won the best novel of the year in the Costa Book Awards on Monday with her new book Life After Life, about a woman who gets a second chance to live.

Lucy Hallett-Hughes's The Pike, about Italian poet, serial seducer and proto-fascist warmonger Gabriele D'Annunzio, got the nod for best biography while Michael Symmons Roberts' latest collection of poems, Drysalter, won the poetry award.

Writer, lecturer and mental health nurse Nathan Filer won the Costa First Novel Award for The Shock Of The Fall, about a man's descent into madness as he becomes aware of his role in the boyhood death of his older brother.

Political cartoonist Chris Riddell took the children's book award for Goth Girl And The Ghost Of A Mouse, in which the girl of the title and a mouse named Ishmael team up to investigate the surprising secrets of the spooky mansion where she lives.

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