The Learning Services’ EHU Loves Reading campaign came to a close just before Christmas with over 100 people telling us why they love reading. Lindsey Blackhurst won an e-reader and runner-up Amanda Tarbox won a £20 book token. Congratulations to both of them.

For those who love reading please note that the Costa Book Awards 2012 category winners were announced on 2nd January 2013. Copies of all the winning books, plus all books on the short lists, are now available to borrow from the University Library. The successful authors, who will now compete for the 2012 Costa Book of the Year (to be announced on 29th January 2013), are:

• Husband and wife team Mary and Bryan Talbot, who jointly win the Costa Biography
Award for Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, an interweaving of two father-daughter
relationships (that of James Joyce with his daughter Lucia, and that of the author
with her father, a James Joyce scholar) and the first graphic work ever to win a Costa
• Hilary Mantel, who takes the Costa Novel Award for Bring up the Bodies, which won
the 2012 Man Booker Prize
• Journalist, critic and writer Francesca Segal, whose debut novel The Innocents, set in
a tightly-knit Jewish community in north-west London, is modelled on Edith
Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, wins the Costa First Novel Award
• Poet Kathleen Jamie whose book The Overhaul, is described by the judges as ‘the
collection that will convert you to poetry’
• Writer-illustrator and dyslexia campaigner, Sally Gardner, who as a child was once
branded ‘unteachable’, and now takes the Costa Children’s Book Award for Maggot

So pop into the University Library and browse the Costa books displayed on the ground floor to see if any of them take your fancy as a new year read.

Zoe Clarke, Academic Liaison Manager (ext 4829)