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Barry wins second Costa Book of the Year

Irish author Sebastian Barry has won the 2016 Costa Book of the Year award for his novel Days Without End (Faber), reports the Guardian. This is the second time the author has taken out the top prize, after previously winning with The Secret Scripture (Faber) in 2008.

The judges described Days Without End as ‘a miracle of a book—both epic and intimate—that manages to create spaces for love and safety in the noise and chaos of history’. It tells the story of a gay relationship during the founding of modern America.

The £30,000 (A$49,780) Costa Book of the Year award is presented annually to an ‘outstanding’ book by an author based in the UK and Ireland. To see the list of category winners, click here.


Category: International news