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Novelist Andrew Miller wins UK Costa Book Award
Novelist Andrew Miller wins Britain's lucrative Costa Book Award
By The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) ' Author Andrew Miller has won Britain's lucrative Costa Book Award for his historical novel, "Pure," set in Paris in the years leading up to the French Revolution.

The novelist beat four other finalists: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy for "The Bees," Christie Watson for "Tiny Sunbirds Far Away," Moira Young for "Blood Red Road," and the bookmakers' favorite Matthew Hollis for "Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas."

The Costa prizes are awarded in five categories, with one chosen as the overall winner. Miller takes home a 30,000-pound ($46,870) prize.

Geordie Greig, who chaired the judging panel, on Tuesday praised the book's "vivid rendition" of pre-Revolutionary France, calling it a "memorable gothic tale of morality and mortality."

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