Preston author Andrew pipped to Costa prize

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An award-winning debut novelist from Preston just missed out on the top prize at the Costa Book Awards last night.

Best-selling horror writer Stephen King had praised Andrew Hurley’s debut, The Loney, calling it “an amazing piece of fiction”. But the glowing endorsement by one of the world’s best-selling authors was not enough to see it named 2015 Costa Book of the Year as the title went to Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree.

Andrew Hurley at Tuesday nights award

Andrew Hurley at Tuesday nights award