You probably all caught this earlier in the week, but FYI: John Haynes has beaten Seamus Heaney, amongst others, to win the Costa Book Award (formerly the Whitbread) for poetry with his Letter to Patience (published by the small Welsh independent Seren, who coincidentally are my Publisher of the Week over at The Book Depository) set in a small mud-walled bar in northern Nigeria at a time of political unrest. Haynes' collection will now appear on the shortlist for the main award, which will be announced next month.

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