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A NOVEL arising from a character's ''chaos left behind in Sligo'' won Britain's top literary award last night, Tuesday.
Worth £30,000 sterling it is the second time author Sebastian Barry has taken the overall Costa award.
It is also the second Costa in one month for the book, ''Days Without End; early in 2017 it took the Costa Novel Award.
Several of Barry's novels and plays have been inspired by Sligo, where his family long have roots.
of Barry's novels, ''The Secret Scripture'' -- heavily inspired by
events in Sligo -- has been made into a film which will have its Irish
Meanwhile, the latest award winning book drew praise on sides of the Atlantic.
Notably, The Guardian in the UK recalled the parallel's with Barry's previous winner.
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.
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
Last night's ceremony to announce the winner was held in central London.
Accepting his award, said Barry: ''You nearly had the first instance of a posthumous winner, I got such a fright!"
The book was hailed by the judges as ''a searing, magnificent and incredibly moving description of how the West was won.''