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Colm Toibin's "Brooklyn" wins Costa

The money may have been on Man Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel and her historical novel Wolf Hall, but Colm Toibin's Brooklyn won the Costa Novel Award (formerl the Whitbread).

Brooklyn Brooklyn also beat out Penelope Lively's The Family Album and Christopher Nelson's The Elephant Keeper.

Toibin receives 5,000 pounds from the Costa, which grants annual awards in four other categories:

Biography: Graham Farmello, The Strangest Man

Poetry: Christopher Reid, The Scattering

First novel: Raphael Selbourne, Beauty

Childrens' book: Patrick Ness, The Ask and the Answer

The five winners compete for the Costa Book of the Year Award, to be announced in London on Jan. 26.


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