Sebastian Barry Wins Costa Book of the Year Award for "The Secret Scripture"

Sebastian Barry Wins Costa Book of the Year Award for "The Secret Scripture"

Penguin Books

Author Sebastian Barry has won the prestigious Costa Book of the Year Award for his novel The Secret Scripture, which is published in the US by Penguin's Viking imprint. Judges described the novel as 'a book of great brilliance, powerfully and beautifully written.'

The prize was originally established in 1971 by Whitbread, and Costa took over sponsorship of the award in 2006. Barry beat other finalists Diana Athill for her memoir Somewhere Towards the End; first-time novelist Sadie Jones for The Outcast; poet and writer Adam Foulds for The Broken Word and popular children's writer Michelle Magorian for Just Henry to the coveted prize.

The Secret SculptureFor more information, visit the Costa Book Award website