Posted on February 2, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The Costa Book of the Year has an upset winner.

Hannah Lowe has won the prize — and its £30,000 (about $40,000) — for her book of sonnets, The Kids.

The Guardian notes that the novel Unsettled Ground was favored to win among bookies.

The Kids describes Lowe's decades of experience teaching, at least part of that time in an inner-city school.

Judges called it "a book to fall in love with," and the judging panel's chair added specifically: "It’s joyous, it’s warm and it’s completely universal."

The Costa Book of the Year is chosen from five category winners.

According to the Guardian, it most often goes to a novel (thirteen times), then a poetry collection (nine times), followed by biography (eight times), first novel (five times), and children's book (two times).

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