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Costa Book Awards 2013

Costa Book Awards 2013

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Costa First Novel Award 2013
Costa Novel Award 2013
Costa Biography Award 2013
Costa Poetry Award 2013
Costa Children's Book Award 2013

Costa First Novel Award 2013
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The Shock of the Fall
Nathan Filer
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2013. Having won the Costa First Novel award, this went on to win the overall prize for the Best Book of 2013 which was when the hardback was published (last April). From...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/01/2014
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Marriage Material
Sathnam Sanghera
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2013. If you've approached Bains Stores recently, you'd be forgiven for hesitating on doing so. A prominent window advert for a discontinued chocolate bar suggests the shop may have closed in 1994. The security...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
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Meeting the English
Kate Clanchy
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2013. This is a bright book about dark subjects: a tale about kindness and its limits, told with love. Spiked with witty dialogue, and jostling with gleeful, zesty characters, it is a glorious debut...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/05/2013
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Idiopathy
Sam Byers
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2013. Both scathing invective on a self-obsessed generation and moving account of love and loneliness, 'Idiopathy' skewers everything from militant environmentalists to self-help quackery and announces the arrival of a savagely funny talent.
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/04/2013
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Costa Novel Award 2013
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Life After Life
Kate Atkinson
Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2013. Winner of the Specsavers UK Author of the Year 2013. Chosen by the prestigious Kirkus Reviews as one of 10 titles in 2013 that ‘will sweep you off your feet’ Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/01/2014
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All the Birds, Singing
Evie Wyld
Longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2013. Jake Whyte is the sole resident of an old farmhouse on an unnamed British island, a place of ceaseless rains and battering winds. It's just her,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/06/2013
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Unexpected Lessons in Love
Bernardine Bishop
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2013. With the wit of Marina Lewycka, the piercing observation of Jane Gardam, and the bittersweet charm of Mary Wesley, this will appeal to all who?loved Major Pettigrew's Last Stand or The Guernsey Literary and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/07/2013
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Instructions for a Heatwave
Maggie O'Farrell
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2013. The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976. Maggie O'Farrell's sixth book is the work of an outstanding novelist...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/08/2013
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Costa Biography Award 2013
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The Pike Gabriele D'Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War
Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2013. In 'The Pike', Hughes-Hallett addresses the cult of nationalism and the origins of political extremism - and at the centre of the book stands the charismatic D'Annunzio: a figure as deplorable as he is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/08/2013
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The Trip to Echo Spring Why Writers Drink
Olivia Laing
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2013. Why is it that some of the greatest works of literature have been produced by writers in the grip of alcoholism, an addiction that cost them personal happiness and caused harm to those who...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2013
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Hanns and Rudolf The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz
Thomas Harding
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2013. This is the true story of Hanns Alexander, the son of a prosperous German family who fled Berlin for London in the 1930s. Rudolf Hoss was a farmer and soldier who became the Kommandant...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/08/2013
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Empire Antarctica Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins
Gavin Francis
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2013. This is the Winner of Scottish Book of the Year Award 2013. Gavin Francis fulfilled a lifetime's ambition when he spent fourteen months as the base-camp doctor at Halley, a profoundly isolated British research...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2013
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Costa Poetry Award 2013
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Drysalter
Michael Symmons Roberts
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2013. This is Roberts' most expansive writing yet: mystical, philosophical, earthy and elegiac. Drysalter sings of the world's unceasing ability to surprise, and the shock and dislocation of catching your own life unawares.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/04/2013
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Hill of Doors
Robin Robertson
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013. Charged with strangeness and beauty, Hill of Doors is a haunted and haunting book, where each successive poem seems a shape conjured from the shadows, and where the uncanny is made physically present. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2013
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Division Street
Helen Mort
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013. This is shortlisted for the T.S Eliot prize 2013. A stone is lobbed in '84, hangs like a star over Orgreave. Welcome to Sheffield. Border-land, our town of miracles. ('Scab'). From the clash between...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2013
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The Divine Comedy
Clive James, Dante Alighieri
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013. Renowned critic and poet Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation of Dante's Divine Comedy.
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/07/2013
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Costa Children's Book Award 2013
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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Chris Riddell
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. Bestselling author/illustrator Chris Riddell creates a fantastical world in which Ada Goth, daughter of the strange Lord Goth of Ghastly-Gorm Hall, is growing up. Ada’s mother is dead and her father is very,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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The Hanged Man Rises
Sarah Naughton
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. A chilling tale of one boy’s struggle to uncover the truth surrounding a series of murders, in order to avert a tragedy threatening those closest to him. Creepy and supernatural this is a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/02/2013
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Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door
Ross Montgomery
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. One boy and one dag embark on a seriously silly adventure to the very heart of the Forbidden Lands. For Alex, it’s a welcome escape from Cloisters Boarding School for Boys where Matthew...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
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Rose Under Fire
Elizabeth Wein
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. Highly praised for Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein’s Rose Under Fire is an equally gripping story of a young female pilot’s struggle for survival in desperate conditions after she is forced down...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/06/2013
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 Costa Book of the Year 2013 Winner Annouced

 

Shock of the Fall - Costa Book Award Winner 2013

 

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer has just been announced as the Costa Book of the Year 2013. Rose Tremain, chair of the judging panel, said: "For a first novel it is astonishingly sure-footed … I think there is genuine excitement about this winner."


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The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.

Since their launch in 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

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It is the eighth year of Costa sponsoring this prestigious award.

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Category Winners

 

Costa First novel Award: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

Costa Novel Award: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Costa Biography Award: The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Costa Poetry Award: Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts

Costa Children's Book Award: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

 

Uniquely, the prize has five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book - with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year. It is the only prize which places children’s books alongside adult books in this way.

 

Last year’s winner was Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel, the sequel to her best-selling novel, Wolf Hall. 

 

The category shortlists were announced on 26th November 2013. 

 

Costa First Novel Award

Idiopathy by Sam Byers

Meeting the English by Kate Clanchy

The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera

 

Costa Novel Award

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Unexpected Lessons in Love by Bernadine Bishop

Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O'Farrell

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

 

Costa Biography Award

Empire Antarctica by Gavin Francis

Hanss and Rudolf by Thomas Harding

The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett

The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Lang

 

Costa Poetry Award

The Divine Comedy by Clive James

Division Street by Helen Mort

Hill of Doors by Robin Robertson

Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts

 

Costa Children's Book Award

Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery

The Hanged Man Rises by Sarah Naughton

Goth Girl and the Ghost Mouse by Chris Riddell

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

 

The category winners were announced at a ceremony on the evening of 6 January 2014 and the overall Costa Book of the Year was announced on 28 January 2014. The overall winner receives a £30,000 prize.

 

The judging panel for the 2013 Costa Book Awards includes Rachel Beale, Fanny Blake, Matt Cain, Clemency Burton-Hill, Eithne Farry, Gerard Woodward, Anne de Courcy, Paul Ross, Caroline Sanderson, John Burnside, Olivia Cole, Daniel Eltringham, Jo Anne Cocadiz, Emma Kennedy and Philip Womack.


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