As the third period came to a close during the college hockey championship two nights ago, about a dozen former Yale University players huddled around a television 1,700 miles away counting down the seconds till the school would win its first National Collegiate Athletic Association team title in any sport since 1953.
Andrew Miller won the Costa Book of the Year award last night for “Pure,” a novel about pre- Revolutionary France. He defeated four other authors including the bookies’ favorite, biographer Matthew Hollis, and the U.K. poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, to collect a prize of 30,000 pounds ($46,760).
Best-selling authors Julian Barnes and Claire Tomalin took a back seat as Andrew Miller won the contest for top novel of 2011 and Matthew Hollis took the prize for best biography in Whitbread Plc’s annual Costa Book Awards.
The U.K.’s Guardian took down Britain’s best-selling Sunday newspaper by exposing that the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid hacked a murder victim’s voicemail. It may still lose an intensifying battle for British readers.
Guardian News & Media Ltd., which publishes the Guardian daily newspaper and the Observer each week on Sunday, aims to cut its costs by 25 million pounds ($40 million) in the next five years to staunch losses, the Financial Times reported, citing Andrew Miller, the chief executive officer of Guardian Media Group Plc, the parent company.