Costa Prize Winner

Jo Shapcott has just been announced winner of the 2010 Costa for her poetry collection 'Of Mutability'. It will come as a shock to many given that Edmund de Waal's memoir The Hare with the Amber Eyes was regularly chosen as a standout book in the Christmas lists drawn up by the literary magazines and sections of the nationals. Shapcott follows last year's winner - also for poetry - Christopher Reid's A Scattering, an elegiac collection inspired and informed by his wife's battle and death from cancer. Shapcott also uses cancer - this time her battle with breast cancer - as the main influence of this, her first new work in over a decade.

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