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Edmund de Waal 'favourite to win Costa Award'

6th January 2011

British ceramic artist Edmund de Waal is the frontrunner to win the 2010 Costa Book of the Year title.

Irish bookmaker Paddy Power offered odds of just 6/5 that De Waal's The Hare With Amber Eyes, which won the award's biography category this week, will be crowned the best book of last year on January 25th.

Kishwar Desai's Witness the Night, the holder of the debut novel prize, was given odds of 5/2 to win, while children's book winner Out Of Shadows by Jason Wallace was placed at 3/1.

Maggie O'Farrell's novel The Hand That First Held Mine and Jo Shapcott's poetry collection Of Mutability were given the lowest odds by the bookmaker, standing at 7/2 and 8/1 respectively.

A statement from Paddy Power commented: 'According to the odds, Edmund de Waal should concentrate on writing his acceptance speech. But we've been wrong plenty of times before and will be plenty of times again!'

Last year, a review of The Hare With Amber Eyes in the Independent claimed the book, which charts the history of a collection of Japanese miniature sculptures, is a 'fierce resistance to the sapping of memory'.
 

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