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Costa Book of the Year winner

19 March 2007

Stef Penney (BA 1987) has scooped the first Costa Book of the Year Award for her debut novel The Tenderness of Wolves.

Stef Penney (BA 1987) has scooped the first Costa Book of the Year Award for her debut novel The Tenderness of Wolves. Stef beat four other authors to capture the £25,000 prize. For the Edinburgh-born filmmaker, this second honour comes hot on the heels of her receipt of the £5,000 Costa First Novel Award.

The Tenderness of Wolves is an adventure story set in Canada. Part detective story, part romance, and part western, it tells the story of a murder at the Canadian Frontier in 1867 through a mix of first-person and third-person narrative.

‘It wasn’t just an extraordinary first novel,’ said the chairman of the judging panel, comedy writer and director Armando Iannucci. ‘It was an extraordinary novel. Within about 50 pages, I was completely in love with it.’