Kate Atkinson takes best-novel prize at Costa Book Awards

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Posted: Jan 04, 2016 2:31 PM

LONDON (AP) — British writer Kate Atkinson has won the novel-of-the-year prize at Britain's Costa Book Awards for the second time in three years with her story of war and its aftermath, "A God in Ruins."

Atkinson won the same award in 2014 with "Life After Life."

The Costa Book Awards are open to writers from Britain and Ireland and given in five categories: novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children's book.

Other winners announced Monday are Andrew Michael Hurley's debut horror novel, "The Loney"; Andrea Wulf's biography of scientist Alexander Von Humboldt, "The Invention of Nature"; Don Paterson's "40 Sonnets"; and Frances Hardinge's Victorian mystery for young readers, "The Lie Tree."

One of the winners will be named book of the year and awarded 30,000 pounds ($50,000) at a Jan. 26 ceremony.