By Jennifer Ruby Senior Showbusiness Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:27 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 20:14 GMT, 7 January 2020
Middle England - a novel about a divided Britain in the wake of the EU referendum has won the £5,000 Costa prize
A novel about a divided Britain in the wake of the EU referendum has won the Costa Novel Award for 2019.
Middle England by Jonathan Coe, described as a 'story of nostalgia and delusion', was dubbed the 'the perfect novel for now' by the judging panel.
The story follows a group of normal people and their attempts to hold together relationships and careers amid the chaos of Brexit.
Coe's third novel features the characters from his 2001 novel The Rotters' Club and 2004's The Closed Circle. It opens in 2010 and ends in the autumn of 2018.
Lawyer-turned-writer Sara Collins, 47, won the prize for best first novel