Scottish author and stand-up comedian A.L. Kennedy has won the 2007 Costa Book of the Year award for her fifth novel, Day; the story of a former RAF prisoner-of-war returning to Germany to confront his demons.
Day was also selected as a Category Award Winner for the Costa Novel Award, along with Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore, which won the Costa Biography Award. One winner is selected in each of the five categories; Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book, and each category-winning author receives £5,000. One of these five books is selected as the overall winner of the Book of the Year and receives a further £25,000. The Costa Book Awards, formerly the Whitbread Literary Awards, is one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognizes some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.