'Bring Up the Bodies' Wins Costa Book of the Year 2012

Category: News
Tagged: books, news, awards

Last night, the news was announced that Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning sequel to Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, won the Costa Book of the Year prize for 2012.

The novel is the second in a trilogy of books charting the life of Thomas Cromwell during the reign of Henry VIII, and beat off stiff competition from other contenders in the first novel, biography, children's fiction and poetry categories. The prize was awarded for the book deemed to have been the most enjoyable in the past year.

Bring Up the Bodies is doubly prized as it is the only novel to have ever won the Costa Book of the Year and the Man Booker Prize in the same year.

Another break with tradition was that, for the first year ever, a graphic novel was named top of the biography section. The Dotter of her Father's Eyes by Bryan and Mary Talbot picked up the biography award for melding a memoir of Mary Talbot's childhood (spent with her father, a Joycean scholar) with a biography of Lucia Joyce, the daughter of James Joyce.

To mark Hilary Mantel's Costa Book Awards victory, we've pulled together a book list celebrating a decade of the award.

What's your favourite book from the winners board?