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Author Sebastian Barry scoops Costa Award for the second time

By Laura Harding

Irish novelist and playwright Sebastian Barry has won the Costa Novel Award for the second time, for his book, Days Without End, while non-fiction writer Francis Spufford has won the First Novel Award for his debut work of fiction, Golden Hill.

Barry's work, set in the wars of 1850s America, has been hailed by judges as a "miracle of a book", while Spufford's historical novel, set in New York in the winter of 1746, was called "captivating and dazzlingly original".

Barry's fourth book, The Secret Scripture, won the Costa Book of the Year in 2008.

Debut non-fiction writer Keggie Carew won the Costa Biography Award for Dadland, her attempt to learn about her father's past as he slips into dementia, while Alice Oswald has been named winner of the Costa Poetry Award for Falling Awake, a collection of poems written to be read aloud.

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