For the second year running, the general Costa Book Award has been won by a poet. The awards choose individual winners from five categories – a novel, a first novel, a work of biography, a volume of poetry, and a children’s book. Subsequently, the winners are pitched against each other and an overall winner is awarded £35,000. Last year, the overall winner was the poet Christopher Reid; this year, Jo Shapcott’s volume of verse, Of Mutability, took the prize against hot competition from Edmund de Waal‘s memoir, The Hare With Amber Eyes.
- Jo Shapcott’s Costa prize is a surprise victory for poetry (guardian.co.uk)
- Poet Jo Shapcott: ‘I had ruled myself out of winning the main prize’ (telegraph.co.uk)