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Costa Book Awards winner announced

4 January 2012

Blood Red Road by Moira Young has won the Children's Award in the Costa Book Awards. It is published by Marion Lloyd Books

Blood Red Road (aimed at readers aged 14+) is set in a lawless future land, where life is cheap and survival is hard. Saba's twin brother is stolen by mysterious, black-robed riders. She sets out on a desperate journey to find him. Ahead lie violence and treachery, and Saba will need a spirit as tough as her crossbow to survive. But her companions are the cleverest bird that ever flew, and a handsome thief with eyes the colour of moonlight...

Moira Young was born in 1959 in New Westminster, British Columbia, and is of Scots and Cornish descent. After graduating from the University of British Columbia with a degree in European History, she moved
to the UK to attend The Drama Studio, gaining her equity card on the alternative comedy circuit in the mid-80s. She became a tap-dancing chorus girl in London's West End, appearing in High Society, directed by Richard Eyre, before returning to Canada and retraining as an opera singer. In 1991, Moira won the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions in Western Canada and she has sung in opera throughout the UK and Europe.
Moira wrote her first book aged nine but didn't take up writing seriously until 2003, when she enrolled on Elizabeth Hawkins' Writing for Children course and workshop at the City Lit.

In 2006, Moira moved to Bath, where she still lives with her husband, and worked at the Bath Chronicle as PA to the Editor. She is now a full-time writer and is working on her second book.