Barry, Jones and Athill win at Costas

<p>Sebastian Barry, Sadie Jones and Diana Athill have all triumphed as category winners in the Costa Book Awards 2008, which took place last night (5th January).<br /><br />Barry received the Costa Novel Award for <em>The Secret Scripture </em>(Faber), which was also nominated for the Man Booker Prize. The first novel award went to Sadie Jones for her Orange-shortlisted <em>The Outcast</em> (Vintage). Diana Athill won the biography award for her memoir <em>Somewhere Towards the End</em> (Granta), Adam Foulds&#39; debut work of poetry <em>The Broken Word</em> (Jonathan Cape) picked up the poetry prize while Michelle Magorian won the children&#39;s book award for<em> Just Henry </em>(Egmont).<br /> <br />Each winner will receive &pound;5,000, and will go on to compete for the &pound;25,000 2008 Costa Book of the Year award, which will be announced on 27th January. Last year&#39;s winner was A L Kennedy&#39;s <em>Day </em>(Vintage). <br /> <br />&quot;The Costa Book Awards have an excellent track record of recognising and celebrating some of the very best current British writing, and books that can be enjoyed by everyone,&quot; said John Derkach, Costa m.d.. &quot;We&#39;re very proud to be announcing such an outstanding collection of books which we know people will enjoy reading.&quot;<br /> <br /> <br /> </p>