Dunmore wins posthumous Costa prize

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Helen Dunmore has won the Costa Book prize for poetry for his 10th and final collection, the Inside of the Wave.

She was named on Tuesday with four other award winners in five categories in the Costa Book Awards.

The poet and novelist, died of cancer in June of last year.

Inside the Wave explores the border between the living and the dead and his final poem, extend Your Arms, written shortly before his death.

The judges described the collection as “a last great achievement”.

Also featured was Gail Honeyman, who picked up the Costa first novel award for her debut, Eleanor Oliphant is quite acceptable.

It tells the story of a survivor of a childhood trauma, which will be adapted for the big screen by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine.Separatist cult

Jon McGregor has won the novel award category with his fourth novel, the Tank 13, the story of several lives, haunted by a family of loss.

The judges include BBC News presenter Sophie Raworth, actor Art Malik and presenter and author Fern Britton – described as “hypnotic, compelling and original.”

Rebecca Stott, took the biography prize for Rainy Days, a family memoir about her life and her deceased father, the life inside the Exclusive Brethren, a fundamentalist Christian separatist cult.

The children’s book award went to Katherine Rundell for The Explorer, an adventure story set in the Amazon rainforest.

The five winners, who will receive £ 5,000, were selected from 620 entries.

A final nine members of the jury will select one of the titles of the whole of the Costa Book of the Year, announced at a ceremony in London on 30 January.

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