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Rule Britannia

In keeping with today's British book pages, here are the 2011 winners of three of the United Kingdom's biggest literary prizes.

Pure (Sceptre) by Andrew Miller won the Costa Book Award for its evocative tale of a young engineer assigned to clean out a ruined cemetery in pre-revolutionary Paris; it will be published in the United States in the fall by Europa but is available at

The Sense of an Ending (Borzoi) by Julian Barnes, which won the Man Booker Prize, is a brief, intense novel about a man living a comfortable life who reconnects with his past and finds his faith in his own memories and even his identity shattered.

The Tiger's Wife (Random House) by Téa Obreht is the Orange Prize-winning debut novel by a young author who combines history, myth and realism to compelling effect in a story about the horrors of war and its aftermath.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor

Notable: Rule Britannia 02/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 4, 2012 3:31am]
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