Twenty-seven-year old Irish author Sally Rooney has become the youngest-ever Novel winner in the Costa Book Awards. (Shutterstock/focal point)
Twenty-seven-year old Irish author Sally Rooney has become the youngest-ever Novel winner in the Costa Book Awards, whose category wins were announced on Monday in London.
Rooney takes the Costa Novel Award for the coming-of-age love story Normal People, which was likewise longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
The First Novel Award was presented to Stuart Turton, a freelance journalist whose murder mystery The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle has been optioned for TV.
Bart van Es, an Oxford professor in English Literature, was awarded the Biography prize for The Cut Out Girl, about a young Jewish girl in Holland during World War II who hides in a series of homes, including that of the author's grandparents.
Scottish poet J.O. Morgan took the Costa Poetry Award for Assurances, a book-length, long-form poem set in the early days of the Cold War, while Hilary McKay won her second Costa Children's Book Award for The Skylarks' War, following a family growing up against the backdrop of World War I.
The five winning authors are now eligible to be awarded the 2018 Costa Book of the Year, which will be announced on January 29 and will follow up the 2017 winner, Helen Dunmore's Inside the Wave.