A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson wins Costa Novel Award 2015

We are delighted to announce that A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday) won best novel last night at the Costa Book Awards 2015. Kate is the first novelist to win in this category three times, having won the first novel award in 1995 for Behind The Scenes at the Museum and the novel award in 2013 for Life After Life.

“A God in Ruins is possibly the best novel I’ve written so it is absolutely wonderful to have it validated in this way,” Kate said today. “I’m delighted that it has been chosen as Costa novel of the year, after Life After Life was similarly recognised.” The judged certainly echoed this, describing the novel as ‘“utterly magnificent and in a class of its own. A genius book.”

The five Costa book award winners each win £5,000 and are all now in the running to win the Costa book of the year. The winner of this “ultimate prize” will be announced by presenter and broadcaster Penny Smith at a ceremony at Quaglino’s, central London, on Tuesday 26th January.

For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading A God In Ruins yet, here’s a short summary:

Kate Atkinson’s last novel, Life After Life, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. Spanning back and forth across his lifetime, Teddy’s story offers not the dizzying concept of multiple possibilities but the painful reality of a life quietly lived. A life of courage and warfare, but also of words unspoken, of secret heartbreak and missed opportunities. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

To hear Kate on last night’s BBC Radio 4 Front Row discussing her fantastic win,
click here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tr6lj

A full list of Costa Award winners can be found here: http://www.costa.co.uk/media/391535/2015awardwinners.pdf
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