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Jo Shapcott's Of Mutability named Costa Book of the Year

26th January 2011

Jo Shapcott has been awarded the 2010 Costa Book of the Year honour for her poetry collection Of Mutability.

In winning the GBP 30,000 award, Shapcott saw off competition from bookmakers' favourite The Hare With Amber Eyes by ceramic artist Edmund de Waal and novelist Maggie O'Farrell with The Hand That First Held Mine.

Children's book Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace and Kishwar Desai's debut novel Witness the Night were also on the prize's shortlist, which comprises the winners of the Costa Book Awards' individual categories.

Journalist Andrew Neil, chair of the judging panel, commented: 'We were captivated by the poetry in this special, original, compassionate, uplifting and accessible book that readers will go back to again and again.'

The panel for the award included broadcasters Natasha Kaplinsky and Anneka Rice, novelist Adele Parks, poet Ruth Padel, children's author Tim Bowler and writer Juliet Nicolson.

It is the second year running that the prize has been taken by a poet, after A Scattering by Christopher Reid won the 2009 title. Reid's collection was praised for its 'universal power' and lauded as 'austere, beautiful and moving'.
 

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