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Costa Book Awards 2014 Costa Book Awards 2014


Costa Novel Award 2014

How to be Both
Ali Smith
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014 this is an unusual and highly inventive novel. It...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/08/2014
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Nora Webster
Colm Toibin
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Colm Toibin's Nora is a character as resonant as Anna Karenina or Madame Bovary and Nora Webster is a novel that illuminates our own lives in a way that is rare in literature....
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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House of Ashes
Monique Roffey
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. This is an amazing book. It is based on a coup in Trinidad but is actually set in a fictional Caribbean island, Sans Amen, where the rebels capture the ‘House of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/07/2014
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The Lives of Others
Neel Mukherjee
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2014. There are a lot of books about India, this is one of the best. It is a huge 500+ page family saga with a family tree...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/05/2014
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Costa First Novel Award 2014

Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015. Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/01/2015
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Academy Street
Mary Costello
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Joyous and heart-breaking, restrained but sweeping, this is a profoundly moving story that charts one woman's quest for belonging amid the dazzle and tumult of America's greatest city. Academy Street establishes Mary...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
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Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A year in the life of a northern...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
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Chop Chop
Simon Wroe
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A fabulous and surprising read about an English lit graduate taking a lowly job in the kitchen of a Camden restaurant but mostly it’s about the local gangster, the Fat Man, and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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Costa Biography Award 2014

H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2014. Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2014. Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014. Owning and training a hawk has been a life-long dream for Helen Macdonald, she accomplishes her...
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Do No Harm Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Henry Marsh
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. Nearing the end of his career leading neuro-surgeon, Henry Marsh is not only able to reveal much about the work he has undertaken throughout his life but also the structure within which he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
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The Iceberg A Memoir
Marion Coutts
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. Stripped of sentimentality, this is Marion Coutts’ account of her husband being diagnosed with a brain tumour through to his subsequent death. A heartbreaking account of the loss of a partner, her spare...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/07/2014
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Roy Jenkins
John Campbell
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. Shortlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize. Following Roy Jenkins from his not-quite working class roots through to his rise in politics and influence on post-war Britain. Jenkins can be seen either as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
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Costa Poetry Award 2014

My Family and Other Superheroes
Jonathan Edwards
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2014. This debut collection of poetry, My Family and Other Superheroes, by Jonathan Edwards, introduces us to a vibrant new voice from Wales. The Costa Judges said Edward's book was “Joyful and dynamic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/02/2014
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The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion
Kei Miller
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. Winner of the 2014 Forward Prize for Best Collection. In his new collection, acclaimed Jamaican poet Kei Miller dramatises what happens when one system of knowledge, one method of understanding place and territory,...
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A Double Sorrow Troilus and Criseyde
Lavinia Greenlaw
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. Set against the Siege of Troy, A Double Sorrow is the story of Trojan hero Troilus and his beloved Criseyde, whose traitorous father has defected to the Greeks and has persuaded them to...
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The Whole & Rain-domed Universe
Colette Bryce
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. A powerful new collection from an award-winning poet. Bryce is one of the most widely acclaimed poets of the post-Heaney generation, and this is her most directly personal and compelling work to date....
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
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Costa Children's Book Award 2014

Five Children on the Western Front Inspired by E. Nesbit's Five Children and it Stories
Kate Saunders
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. A follow-on from Five Children and It stories, in which, the five children have grown up and World War I has begun in earnest. Cyril is off to fight, Anthea is at...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Listen to the Moon
Michael, M.B.E. Morpurgo
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. A beautiful and captivating tour de force of family, love, war and forgiveness, this is a major new novel from the author ofWar Horse and Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo and is set...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/09/2014
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Running Girl
Simon Mason
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. What sort of girl was gorgeous Chloe Dow? Not the sort to disappear without a trace. What sort of policeman is workaholic Detective Inspector Raminder Singh? Not the sort to rush his...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/01/2014
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The Ghosts of Heaven
Marcus Sedgwick
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2014. This is a remarkable and surprising book, just when you think you understand it, whoosh, the unexpected taps you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Costa Book Awards 2014 Category Winners Announced 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 ninth 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.

The category winners for 2014 are:

Costa Novel Award 2014

How to be Both by Ali Smith

Costa First Novel Award 2014

E is for Elizabeth by Emma Healey

Costa Biography Award 2014

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Costa Poetry Award 2014

My Family and other Superheroes by Jonathan Edwards

Costa Children's Book Award 2014

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

The category winners were announced at a ceremony on the evening of 5 January 2015 and the overall Costa Book of the Year will be announced on 27 January 2015. The overall winner receives a £30,000 prize.

The shortlists, announced on 18th November 2014, are below.

Costa Novel Award

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

House of Ashes by Monique Roffey

How to be Both by Ali Smith

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

Costa First Novel Award

A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

Academy Street by Mary Costello

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

Chop Chop by Simon Wroe

Costa Biography Award

Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life by John Campbell

The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

Costa Poetry Award

The Whole and Rain-domed Universe by Colette Bryce

My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan Edwards

A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde by Lavinia Greenlaw

The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion by Kei Miller

Costa Children's Book Award

Running Girl by Simon Mason

Listen to the Moon by Michael Morpurgo

Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

The judging panel for the 2014 Costa Book Awards includes Joanne Finney,Joe Haddow,Maggie O'Farrell,Elizabeth Buchan,Bernadine Evaristo,Jasper Sutcliffe,Paul Laity,Wendy Moore,Sheila O'Reilly, Anna Dreda,Charlotte Runcie,Owen Shears,Lorna Bradbury,Jack Hope,Jonathan Stroud.

Neel Mukherjee 
Monique Roffey 
Ali Smith 
Colm Toibin 
Carys Bray 
Mary Costello 
Emma Healey 
Simon Wroe 
John Campbell 
Marion Coutts 
Helen Macdonald 
Henry Marsh 
Colette Bryce 
Jonathan Edwards 
Lavinia Greenlaw 
Kei Miller 
Simon Mason 
Michael Morpurgo 
Kate Saunders 
Marcus Sedgwick