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Former Student Wins the Costa Book of the Year Award, 2011

Date: 1 February 2012

A former Lancaster PhD student has won the 2011 Costa Book of the Year Award for his novel, Pure. Andrew Miller, who was a research student in the Department of English & Creative Writing (awarded 1995), was presented with his prize at a ceremony in London last week; Geordie Grieg, chair of the judges, described Pure as 'a rich and brilliant historical novel of death and superstition. It is a morality tale which engrosses with its vivid evocation of pre-revolutionary France.' Andrew's book prevailed in a strong year that saw category winners such as Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. His first novel, Ingenious Pain, won the Impac Dublin prize and the James Tait Black award. In 2001, his novel Oxygen was shortlisted for the Booker and Whitbread (forerunner of the Costa) novel prize.

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