2016 Costa Book Awards announced

  4th January 2017

Irish writer Sebastian Barry has won the Costa novel prize for a second time with Days Without End, an historical novel set in 1850s America.

Barry, who won the prize in 2008 with The Secret Scripture, said he was "quite overwhelmed" to get it again.

Other winners announced include Brian Conaghan, who received the children's book award for The Bombs that Brought Us Together and Francis Spufford who received the first novel award for Golden Hill, an historical novel set in 18th Century New York.

The winner of the Costa Book of the Year will be announced at the end of January.

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