Jewish rescue biography wins Costa Prize

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Image caption Lien de Jong was 9 when she was taken in by Bart van Es’s household

A book about a young Jewish lady who was protected by the author’s grandparents throughout World War Two has actually won the Costa Book of the Year award.

Oxford teacher Bart van Es got the £ 30,000 reward for The Cut Out Girl.

He traces the story of the Dutch woman who was taken in at the age of 9 by van Es’s grandparents prior to her own moms and dads were sent out to Auschwitz.

That woman was Lien de Jong, who is now in her mid-80s and went to Tuesday’s event in London.

The judges – chaired by BBC News reporter Sophie Raworth – explained the book as “gripping and astonishing – the surprise gem of the year”.

De Jong informed BBC Radio 4’s Front Row she never ever understood her story might make such an effect.

“I’m really happy with this outcome and I never ever believed it might be a book,” she stated.

Van Es stated: “There are 2 methods which it might be an excellent book to have in the world.

“There’s a frightening method which severe and anti-semitism nationalism and conspiracy theories are around in such a way they weren’t 10 years earlier. Likewise another method in which it is rather a recovery book.”

The Costa Book of the Year was selected from the winners from 5 private classifications. The Cut Out Girl won the bio reward, and the other classification winners were:

  • Novel – Sally Rooney, Normal People
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This is the 2nd work of fiction from the 27-year-old Irish author who has actually taken the literary world by storm. When it was released last August, #peeee

It follows the on-off relationship in between 2 Irish schoolfriends and won rave evaluations. It was called the Waterstone’s book of the year and is now being become a BBC drama.

  • First book – Stuart Turton, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
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Travel author Turton’s launching book is a sci-fi murder secret that channels Agatha Christie, Groundhog Day and Quantum Leap.

Its primary character relives a single day 8 times – each time occupying a various individual’s body as he attempts to exercise who has actually dedicated murder in a nation home. The TELEVISION rights were offered even prior to it was released last February.

  • Poetry – JO Morgan, Assurances
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The Scottish poet’s 6th book was motivated by his dad’s work as part of Bomber Command throughout the Cold War.

It is a single long-form poem distinguished the viewpoints of different characters, consisting of pilots, airplanes, villagers and even the bombs.

  • Children’s – Hilary McKay, The Skylarks’ War
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Clarry and Peter Penrose invest picturesque summertimes in Cornwall with their charming cousin Rupert – till he is sent out to combat in World War One.

The story follows Clarry from birth to their adult years and centres on the characters’ missions to leave both the shadow of war and the social restraints of the time.

Last year’s general winner was the late poet Helen Dunmore for her last collection, Inside the Wave.

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