Tóibín, who receives £30,000 (33,491), defeated the 2009 Man Booker winner Hilary Mantel and her popular and populist novel Wolf Hall . He has also emulated his countryman Sebastian Barry, who won last year en route to winning the overall Costa Book of the Year. The result confirms a pattern by which Costa, formerly the Whitbread, revises the Booker.
Surprisingly, however, the most contentious Booker shortlist omission, William Trevors Love and Summer , did not featured on the Costa shortlist.
Liam McIlvanney in the London Review of Books has a decent synopsis of the plot. You can pick up both the Toibin and the Trevor books from the literature section Slugger’s growing bookshop at Amazon… What was your best read of the year?
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