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Former Winners Recapture Costa Prize

Posted at 7:56AM Tuesday 07 Jan 2014

Kate Atkinson has topped an all-woman shortlist to win the Costa novel award for Life After Life, a tale of perpetual resurrection.

It comes 19 years after Atkinson won the overall Costa prize for her debut, Behind The Scenes At The Museum.

Michael Symmons Roberts also won his second Costa in the poetry category for his sixth collection, Drysalter.

Each receives £5,000, with Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Nathan Filer and Chris Riddell the other category winners.

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