Sally Rooney in running for Costa Book Of The Year award

The author could claim a £30,000 prize.

Sally Rooney could be honoured again after she became the youngest winner of the Costa Novel award.

The Irish author, 27, claimed the prize for her critically acclaimed second novel Normal People, and is in the running for the coveted Book Of The Year award and a £30,000 prize at the Costa Book Awards ceremony in London this evening.

Rooney is going head to head with other category winners with the overall victor announced from the shortlisted five.

Stuart Turton won the First Novel award for his debut, The Seven Deaths Of Evelyn Hardcastle.  

Costa Book Awards 2018
Stuart Turton (Costa Book Awards/PA)

Bart van Es won the Biography award for The Cut Out Girl, an account of a girl in the Netherlands striving to escape Nazi persecution.

Bart van Es
Bart van Es (Costa Book Awards/PA)

The award for poetry went to JO Morgan for the long work, Assurances.

JO Morgan
JO Morgan (Costa Book Awards/PA)

The Children’s Book award winner was Hilary McKay with The Skylarks’ War.

Hilary McKay
Hilary McKay (Costa Book Awards/PA)

The Book Of The Year award will add £30,000 to the £5,000 prize they received for their category victories. The winner will be announced at around 7.30pm.

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