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Dante's Divine Comedy 700 years on with Katya Adler; Costa Book Awards category winners

The winners of the Costa Book Awards categories are announced; the Costa Novel winner discusses their winning book; Katya Adler on her passion for Dante's Divine Comedy.

Suzannah Lipscomb, Chair of Judges for the Costa Book Awards 2020, joins us to reveal exclusively the winners in each of category: Novel, Children’s, Poetry, Biography and Debut Novel. This is followed by an interview with the winner of the Best Novel category.

Dante Alighieri wrote The Divine Comedy 7 centuries ago but - like all great literature – it still speaks to us in today’s world. Katya Adler, the BBC's Europe Editor and lover of all things Italian is a fan of the epic poem and has made a 3 part series for Radio 4. She discusses what she's set out ot explore and who she's done that with.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Hilary Dunn
SM: Donald MacDonald

Available now

28 minutes

Costa Book Awards

Costa Book Awards
First Novel Award
Love After Love by Ingrid Persaud

Biography Award
The Louder I Will Sing by Lee Lawrence

Poetry Award
The Historians by Eavan Boland

Children's Award
The Voyage of the Sparrow Hawk by Natasha Farrant 

Novel Award
The Mermaid and the Black Conch by Monique Roffey

Dante's Divine Comedy

Main image: Portrait of Dante Alighieri by Domenico Petarlini
Photo credit: Getty Images

Katya Adler's series Dante 2021 begins on Radio 4 on Mon 11 Jan
at 4 pm 


  • Mon 4 Jan 2021 19:15



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