Irish author Colm Toibin has been named the winner of the 2009 Costa Novel Award for Brooklyn.
Announcing the winners of individual categories, the Costa Book Awards revealed that Toibin's sixth novel has seen off competition from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson and Penelope Lively's Family Album.
The First Novel Award was handed to Raphael Selbourne for Beauty, while Graham Farmelo received the Biography Award for his debut work The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius.
Patrick Ness scooped the Children's Book Award for The Ask and the Answer and Christopher Reid's A Scattering clinched the Poetry Award.
The winning authors will each receive GBP 5,000 and are now in the running for the 2009 Costa Book of the Year, the competition's ultimate accolade, which will be announced on January 26th.
John Derkach, managing director of Costa, commented: 'The Costa Book Awards have an excellent track record of recognising and celebrating some of the very best current British writing.'
The 2008 Costa Book of the Year was won by Irish writer Sebastian Barry for The Secret Scripture.
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Earlier this year, Belgian beer culture finally officially took its rightful place on the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, where it now sits in good company with the likes of the French gastronomic meal, Cuban rumba and Spanish flamenco.
To celebrate, here is a far from exhaustive selection of some of the beer literature that can help you better appreciate the delicate arts of brewing and drinking beer.