Women dominate the Costa Categories. In fact they won them all, with the slight exception of a husband wife team. Press release:
'The five successful authors who will now compete for the 2012 Costa Book of the Year 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 Award
• 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 Moon.'