Rebecca Stott wins 2017 Costa Biography Award

Rebecca Stott has been named as the winner of this year's biography prize in the 2017 Costa Book Awards.

Stott scooped the award for her book In The Days Of Rain, a memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Christian cult.

“We were all gripped and astonished by this unique life and the exquisite way she tells it,” the judges said.

The ultimate winner of the Costa Book of the Year prize will be announced at a ceremony in London on 30 January 2018. For more information on the 2017 Costa Book Awards, please visit

Rebecca Stott is Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia, and is the author and co-author of many books including Oyster from Reaktion's Animal series.