Debut novel surprise favourite to win Costa book of the year

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Andrew Michael Hurley’s acclaimed novel The Loney is favourite to win the £30,000 prize, ahead of Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins From an initial print run of just 300 copies to being deemed “as close to the perfect first novel as you can get”: Andrew Michael Hurley’s debut novel The Loney has had a big year. His gloomy, gothic tale of child murder and Catholic guilt set on “a wild and useless length of English coastline” has been universally praised by critics, and is now favourite to win the Costa book of the year award. Related: Kate Atkinson wins Costa novel prize for A God in Ruins Continue reading...