Barry wins the Costa!
You see, he DID deserve it. After being cheated out of the Booker Sebastian Barry has won the Costa prize, beating (not literally, god forbid!) 91 year old Athill, debut novelist Sadie Jones, children's writer Michelle Magorian, and poet Adam Fouldes. Much reference to what critics claimed was a 'flawed' masterpiece, and an unfulfilling ending, but I didn't really get that at all, although I could quite easily find the flaws in all my favourite books. By the time I finished it last year I just felt that it had been an overwhelmingly poignant journey. Full news here.