[Telegraph.co.uk] - Novelist Andrew Miller triumphed over hotly tipped biographer Matthew Hollis and the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, to scoop the Costa Novel Award with his sixth novel, Pure. The author who took away a cash prize of £ beat off stiff
[Telegraph.co.uk] - Mr Miller, 51, saw off the challenge of bookies' favourite Matthew Hollis, whose biography of poet Edward Thomas was tipped to win. Speaking to reporters, the novelist said he would spend his prize money on "living". He said: "It's not as if writers
[The Guardian (blog)] - A good and interesting choice, but one that may ruffle feathers, because the consensus was that Matthew Hollis's sort-of biography of Edward Thomas was the strongest on the list. The judges seem to have opted for safety over boldness: Pure is a book
[The Guardian (blog)] - But when the two leading contenders for this year's prize – Carol Ann Duffy's collection The Bees and Matthew Hollis's biography of poet Edward Thomas, Now All Roads Lead to France – also involve poetry, something is clearly going in.