"It's extraordinary really: everything's quiet for a couple of years and then this," said Joyce. "I've been a professional writer for 20 years, and there are contours in that time, crescents and troughs ... This is a crescent.
Fantasy gets a mixed reception – a lot of fantasy is formulaic but most of the award-winning fantasy on the contrary tends to be the stuff at the edges of the genre, rather than swimming in the middle."
Other winners included Tim Lebbon, for his novella The Reach of Children. Full list of winners here.