The book is set in Canada - a country the author has never visited because she had agoraphobia.
The award - formerly the Whitbread Prize - pits five winners of separate categories against each other for the Book of the Year.
Penney, aged 37 and a screenwriter, won the "first book" award before scooping the top £25,000 prize.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
London author Stef Penney has won the Costa Book of the Year award for her debut novel, the Tenderness of Wolves, reports BBC News.