Hilary Mantel's Bring Up the Bodies has won another major literary award, taking home the Costa Book Award and its £30,000 prize. Late last year, the novel won the Booker Prize (as did the previous book in her series, Wolf Hall), making Bring Up the Bodies the only book to win the Booker and the Costa in the same year.

The Costa judges disregarded Mantel's previous accolades, stating: "We couldn't allow the number of times it has already been lauded to affect our decision, it was quite simply the best book." The other books recognized by the Costa Award were: Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot (biography); The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie (poetry); The Innocents by Francesca Segal (first novel); Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (children's).