Rebecca Stott wins at Costa Book Awards

3rd January 2018|Literary Awards

Rebecca Stott’s powerful memoir, In the Days of Rain, has won the Costa Biography Book Award.

The judges said that the book was “a stand-out winner. We were all gripped and astonished by this unique life and the exquisite way she tells it.”

As Rebecca Stott’s father lay dying, he begged her to help him write the memoir he’d been struggling with for years. He wanted to tell the story of their family who for generations had all been members of a fundamentalist Christian sect. Yet each time he reached a certain point, he became tangled in a thicket of painful memories and couldn’t go on.

The Exclusive Brethren were a closed community who believed the world is ruled by Satan: nonBrethren books were banned, women were made to wear headscarves and those who disobeyed the rules were punished. Rebecca’s father, like her grandfather, had been an influential Brethren Minister: he preached in the ‘Iron Room’ of their meeting houses and made choices that would eventually come to haunt him. Rebecca was born into the Brethren, yet as an intelligent, enquiring child she was always asking dangerous questions. She would discover that her father had been asking them too, and that the fault line between faith and doubt had almost engulfed him.

The Costa Book of the Year will be announced on 30th January 2018.

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In the Days of Rain

In the Days of Rain

Fourth Estate, 2017