Ex-teacher Hannah Lowe’s sonnets about students win Costa Book of the Year

‘A future classic’

From Ilford in east London, she left teaching in schools in 2012 and now lectures in creative writing at Brunel University.

  • First novel award — Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson
  • Novel award — Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller
  • Biography award — Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John Preston
  • Children’s book award — The Crossing by Manjeet Mann

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