Costa Book of the Year: Sebastian Barry celebrates second win

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Sebastian Barry has become the first novelist to win the prestigious Costa Book of the Year prize twice. Days Without End, a novel set in the 1850s, tells the story of two Irish soldiers who go to fight in the US. The Dublin-born author and playwright was inspired to write about the gay relationship at the heart of the story after his youngest son came out. The 61-year-old, who receives £30,000, won the same accolade in 2008 with The Secret Scripture. Prof Kate Williams, who chaired the judging panel, described the book as "a searing, magnificent and incredibly moving description of how the West was won".

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