New year means 'new reading', and we welcome the now-traditional curtain raiser to the year: who has won the Costa Book Awards. With categories covering novels, first novels, biography, poetry and the best children’s book of the year, it’s a first chance to see what were the great authors and books to emerge from the past year.
So the first '3 4 Friday' #fridayreads of 2013 are our pick of the category winners:
Probably the most original of choices for the Costa is a graphic memoir, which has won the biography category, and is the first comic-book format ever to do so.
Its atmospheric, visual storytelling by award winning comic artist and graphic novel pioneer Bryan Talbot, has obviously caught the imagination of the judges. Even as graphic works continue to grow in popularity, it is still unusual to see a collaboration between writer and artist - rarer yet to see one achieve critical acclaim in a 'mainstream' genre. 'Dotter of Her Father's Eyes' is intelligent, funny and sad.
Here's Mark's review when it came it out in hardback last year:
"This is a brilliant - if brutal - portrayal of the triumph of individualism over a totalitarian state. Deserving comparisons with 1984, the story follows Standish Treadwell, a dyslexic, drop-out under surveillance in Zone Seven of 'The Motherland'. When his football accidentally goes over the fence into a no-man's land, he discovers the Motherland's plans for a Moon Landing are not all they seem, and he - and a rag-tag group of other undesirables and family members overcome their fear and hopelessness to reveal the truth..."
It's been a great year for Sally Gardner - as far as Mostly Books is concerned - with 'Operation Bunny' one of our biggest-selling books over Christmas. Special congratulations should go to her, and also to publisher Hot Key Books, scoring a big success in its first full year publishing children's books.
Whatever your plans and dreams are for 2013, we wish you every success - and we'll be here as always to tell you about the best new voices and stories that emerge as the year progresses...