Moira Young has won the children's book prize - and leads in the newspaper column inches - with her debut novel and dystopian thriller "Blood Red Road". Her career started as an actor "the height of it was being a tapdancing chorus girl in High Society in the West End" before she became an opera singer for a decade which had - as The Guardian reports - it's ups and downs including this rejection letter "Dear Ms Young, There is nothing for you at Glyndebourne." She says that much of her inspiration for the story came from the epic movies she grew up with - and fittingly her book has been optioned by Ridley Scott.
Other winners are Novel Award Pure by Andrew Miller; First novel Award Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson; Biography Award Now all Roads lead to France: the last years of Edward Thomas by Matthew Hollis and the Poetry Award by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy with The Bees.
The overall prize winner will be announced later on this month.