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.
It is the eighth year of Costa sponsoring this prestigious award.
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
These category winners will be announced at a ceremony on 4 January 2014 and the Costa Book of the Year will be announced on 28 January 2014.
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.