The overall winner of the Costa Book Award has been announced as Days Without end by Sebastian Barry. He beat Keggie Carew with her biography Dadland and Alice Oswald with her poetry collection Falling Awake.
The judges commented on Barry's book.
“A miracle of a book – both epic and intimate – that manages to create spaces for love and safety in the noise and chaos of history.”
Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His novels include A Long Long Way (2005), The Secret Scripture (2008), winner of the Costa Book of the Year, The Temporary Gentleman (2014) and Days Without End (2016). It is the first time a novelist has won the Costa Book Award twice.
Scroll through to see details on each book.
After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships themselves, they find these days to be vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both witness and are complicit in. Their lives are further enriched and endangered when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive. Buy the book here in Australia and here in the UK.
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