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Helen Dunmore wins Costa Book of the Year | 31-Jan-18

Poet Helen Dunmore has won Costa Book of the Year for her 10th and final collection, Inside the Wave. She won the prize for poetry at the earlier Costa Books Awards this year, only the second poet to have won the accolade posthumously. 

Inside the Wave is the eighth collection of poetry to take the overall prize. Judges described the collection as "an astonishing set of poems - a final, great achievement". Dunmore, who was also a novelist and writer of short stories and children's books, died from cancer in June of last year at the age of 64. The poems in her collection focus largely on mortality and "the borderline between the living and the dead".

Dunmore's children were present to collect the award on her behalf. Patrick Charnley, Dunmore's son, said the family was "completely blown away" with the win. "Poetry was in mum's soul," he said. “This collection came at a time of her death and for us it's so personal and so wonderful. We hope it will touch a lot of people who face this thing we all do."

Read more about Dunmore's win on The Bookseller

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