Gaiman's Graveyard clinches Hugo award

<p>Neil Gaiman&#39;s <em>The Graveyard Book</em> has won the Best Novel award at the Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy.</p><p>Gaiman won the Newbery Medal, American literature&#39;s most prestigious prize for children&#39;s writers, for the book in January. <em>The Graveyard Book</em> is published in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury.</p><p>Illustrated by Dave McKean, it tells of a child marked for death by an ancient league of assassins who escapes into an abandoned graveyard, where he is reared and protected by its spirit denizens.</p><p>Wired reports that Gaiman won a Best Novel Hugo in 2002 for <em>American Gods</em>. Best Novella winner Nancy Kress was also a repeat performer, adding a Hugo for her 2009 tale The <em>Erdmann Nexus</em> to her 1992 award for <em>Beggars in Spain</em>.</p>