Announced on BBC's Front Row (listen to it here), Dotter Of Her Father's Eyes by Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot has won the Costa Best Book Award for Best Biography. Another graphic novel had been noiminated for Best Novel, Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart.
Bryan Talbot tells me;
It's amazing, not just for us but for the fact that a graphic novel has won a major literary award. We've known for a few weeks but were sworn to secrecy. We've already done 3 or 4 interviews today, including for a big feature in the Guardian, and, after another tomorrow and the filming of the mini-doc to be shown at the Costa ceremony at the end of January, we're having to zip off to London to be on tomorrow night's Channel 4 news! God knows what else will happen after tonight!
We don't have a cat in hell's chance of winning the overall prize, though! Hilary Mantel has already won the Booker and others and seems to be unstoppable.
Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
First Novel Award
The Innocents by Francesca Segal
Dotter of her Father's Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot
The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie
Children's Book Award
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner