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Matthew Hollis named favourite for Costa Book of the Year

24th January 2012

Matthew Hollis has emerged as the favourite for the 2011 Costa Book of the Year Award for his Edward Thomas biography Now All Roads Lead to France.

Hollis' work, which won the Costa biography prize earlier this month, is 2/1 to scoop the gong tonight, ahead of Andrew Miller's Pure, which was named Costa best novel, and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy's Costa poetry award winner The Bees, which are each priced at 3/1.

The 5/1 outsiders for the Costa Book of the Year Award are Christie Watson's Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, which won the first novel prize earlier this month, and Moira Young's Blood Red Road, which scooped the best children's book award.

Graham Sharpe, a spokesman for bookmaker William Hill, which supplied the odds, said the Costa Book of the Year Award is always hotly contested and all five titles are in with a good chance of victory.

'I can only assume the judges' meeting will last for longer than ever before as this list boasts great quality and depth, and whoever comes out on top will be a very worthy winner', he added.

The winner of the GBP 30,000 prize, which was previously known as the Whitbread Book of the Year, will be announced at Quaglino's in central London tonight.

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