Dotter Of Her Father’s Eyes Wins Costa Award For Best Biography

Announced on BBC’s Front Row (listen to it here), Dotter Of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot has won the Costa Best Book Award for Best Biography.  Another graphic novel had been noiminated for Best Novel, Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart.

Bryan Talbot tells me;

It’s amazing, not just for us but for the fact that a graphic novel has won a major literary award. We’ve known for a few weeks but were sworn to secrecy. We’ve already done 3 or 4 interviews today, including for a big feature in the Guardian, and, after another tomorrow and the filming of the mini-doc to be shown at the Costa ceremony at the end of January, we’re having to zip off to London to be on tomorrow night’s Channel 4 news! God knows what else will happen after tonight!

We don’t have a cat in hell’s chance of winning the overall prize, though! Hilary Mantel has already won the Booker and others and seems to be unstoppable.

Here’s the Guardian coverage so far. noting that for the first time, women have won in every category. Here are the full results for far.

  • Novel Award

    Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

  • First Novel Award

    The Innocents by Francesca Segal

  • Biography Award

    Dotter of her Father’s Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot

  • Poetry Award

    The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie

  • Children’s Book Award

    Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner


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