Updated: 04/01/17 : 05:58:08
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Barry's book takes top award again

THE TOP Costa Novel Award has been won for a second time by Sebastian Barry.

Each of his novels was inspired by events in Sligo, where Barry's family long have roots.

Yesterday's award is worth £5,000 sterling and now competes at the end of this month for the top Costa prize, worth £30,000.

The latest award winning book has drawn praise on sides of the Atlantic.

The Guardian in the UK recalled the parallel's with Barry's previous winner.

Traumatic Chaos

''Days Without End,'' said the newspaper, ''is a fever dream of a novel that has much in common, particularly in terms of style, with Barry’s prize-winning ''The Secret Scripture,'' presents us with Thomas McNulty, who has crossed the Atlantic to rebuild his life.

''The traumatic chaos of what he has left behind in Sligo – his family dead from famine, his country “starved in her stocking feet. And she had no stockings.''