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Newcomer wins Costa Book Award

  • Date: 5 January 2012
  • Area: National

A one-time theatre performer has won the Costa Children's Book Award for her first novel.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young was given the prize in the Costa Book Awards. The novel tells the story of a young girl hunting for her kidnapped twin brother who was taken by unknown riders in black robes. Young receives £5,000 as part of her prize.

The judges said: 'It's astonishing how, in her first novel, Moira Young has so successfully bound believable characters into a heart-stopping adventure. She kept us reading, and left us hungry for more - a really special book.'

Young will now join the other four category winners in a contest for the overall book of the year award, the winner of which will be named on 24 January and who will receive an additional £30,000.

The winning titles are: Pure by Andrew Miller, which won best novel; Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson, which won best first novel; The Bees by Carol-Ann Duffy was named best poetry; and Now All Roads Lead To France by Matthew Hollis won best biography.