He won the biography award for Philip Larkin, A Writer's Life, and was one of the judges for the poetry award won by Carol Ann Duffy (second right), with Mean Time. Other category winners included: Joan Brady (far right) in the novel category for Theory of War; Rachel Cusk (far left) in the first novel category for Saving Agnes; and Anne Fine (second left) in the children's section for Flour Babies. All five receive pounds 2,000. The books will be pitted against one another for the overall Whitbread Book of the Year prize, worth a further pounds 21,000, to be announced on 25 January.
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