Norfolk-based authors Rose Tremain and Sarah Perry shortlisted for Costa Book Award

Author Rose Tremain. Photo: David Kirkham.

Author Rose Tremain. Photo: David Kirkham. - Credit: David Kirkham

Two Norfolk-based authors have been shortlisted in the novel category of this year's Costa Book Awards.

Sarah Perry. Photo: Jamie Drew.

Sarah Perry. Photo: Jamie Drew. - Credit: Jamie Drew

Rose Tremain, a former UEA chancellor and who previously won the Whitbread Novel Award, has been shortlisted for The Gustav Sonata (Chatto and Windus) which judges described as 'a deft, delicate and vivid book in three movements – pitch perfect and humane.' Meanwhile Sarah Perry, who lives in Norwich and previously won the 2014 East Anglian Book of the Year Award, has been shortlisted for The Essex Serpent (Serpent's Tail). Judges said: 'This is the best kind of historical fiction – brimming with ideas and energy.' Also shortlisted in the same category are Sebastian Barry for Days Without End (Faber & Faber) and Maggie O'Farrell for This Must Be the Place (Tinder Press). The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London in January.


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