UEA Professor of Literature and Creative Writing Rebecca Stott has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Costa Biography Award for her memoir In the Days of Rain, published by 4th Estate last year. Rebecca is the author of several academic books on Victorian literature and several cross-over books on the history of science, including Darwin and the Barnacle (2003), Theatres of Glass (2003), Oyster (2004), and Darwin’s Ghosts (2012). Her first novel Ghostwalk was published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in the UK in 2007 and translated into 14 languages. This was followed by The Coral Thief in 2009. Each of the Costa category winners will receive £5,000, while the overall Costa Book of the Year Award winner, who will be announced on 30th January, will receive £30,000.