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The late Helen Dunmore has been awarded the Costa Book of the Year posthumously for Inside the Wave in a fitting tribute to her life and work.

Inside the Wave was published by Bloodaxe Books and reviewed in our Summer 2017 Bulletin. It explores the poets own experience of terminal cancer and the inevitability of mortality.

The Judges described the collection as "an astonishing set of poems - a final, great achievement".

The Costa Book of the Year was awarded to Helen’s family who gave a moving interview on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row this morning.

According to the Guardian, “Dunmore, who died last year aged 64, is only the second posthumous winner of the book of the year category in the prize’s history, after Ted Hughes won for Birthday Letters in 1998, and only the eighth poetry collection to take the top award.”

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TVC have released a video about the Costa awards event:



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