“Volunteer” by Jack Fairweather, telling the story of Captain Witold Pilecki was recognised as the best biographical book by the jury of Costa Book Awards.
“Deeply moving and terrifying. Masterful biography,” Suzannah Lipscomb, the head of the jury told British public broadcaster BBC. She also added that the story of Captain Pilecki was not known outside Poland.
“We know well what Auschwitz was. We think about the industrial, mass genocide of Jews. But there are not many people who know the early history of the camp, where Polish political prisoners were kept,” the author of the book said after receiving the award.
Among the winners of all categories, the jury will choose the book of the year. Their verdict will be announced on January 28.
Revealing this year's five fantastic Costa Award Winners 📚☕️💫... pic.twitter.com/qMatxJH0t7— Costa Book Awards (@CostaBookAwards) January 6, 2020