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).
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.