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Costa Book Awards 2014

Costa Book Awards 2014

Costa Novel Award 2014
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Nora Webster
Colm Toibin
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Nora Webster is the heartbreaking new novel from one of the greatest novelists writing today. It is the late 1960s in Ireland. Nora Webster is living in a small town, looking after her four...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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How to be Both
Ali Smith
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. Shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 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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House of Ashes
Monique Roffey
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2014. The City of Silk is seething. The corrupt government has been ruling over the people too long and the city is becoming restless. Then one hot evening The Leader, a head of a group...
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 in the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/05/2014
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Costa First Novel Award 2014
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Academy Street
Mary Costello
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Book At Bedtime. She stood on the edge of the grass. She hovered between worlds, deciphering the ground, tracing in mid-air the hall, the dining-room, the stairs....
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2014
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Reader Reviewed A Song for Issy Bradley
Carys Bray
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. A year in the life of a northern British Mormon family. You’ll certainly learn a lot about the Mormon church but the thrust of the novel...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/06/2014
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Reader Reviewed Elizabeth is Missing
Emma Healey
One of our Books of the Year 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Eighty-something Maud is getting forgetful and so writes notes to herself. ‘Elizabeth is missing’ is one such note which Maud then becomes obsessed with for Elizabeth...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/06/2014
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Chop Chop
Simon Wroe
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2014. Outrageously funny and completely original, Chop Chop by Simon Wroe is the story of a hapless young chef in the crazed world of the professional kitchen, featuring lust, revenge, neurosis and haute cuisine....
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/04/2014
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Costa Biography Award 2014
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Do No Harm Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery
Henry Marsh
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. What is it like to be a brain surgeon? How does it feel to hold someone's life in your hands, to cut through the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? How do you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/10/2014
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The Iceberg A Memoir
Marion Coutts
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. In 2008, Marion Coutts' husband, the art critic Tom Lubbock, was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and told that he had not more than two years to live. The tumour was located in the...
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. Jenkins was probably the best Prime Minister Britain never had. But though he never reached 10 Downing Street, he left a more enduring mark on British society than...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/03/2014
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H is for Hawk
Helen Macdonald
Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize 2014. Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2014. 'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2014
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Costa Poetry Award 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. We watch as the cartographer, used to the scientific methods of assuming control over a place by mapping it, is gradually compelled to recognize--even to envy--a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/05/2014
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A Double Sorrow Troilus and Criseyde
Lavinia Greenlaw
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. When Chaucer composed Troilus and Criseyde he gave us, some say, his finest poem, and with it one of the most captivating love stories ever written. A Double Sorrow, Lavinia Greenlaw's new work, takes...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/03/2014
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My Family and Other Superheroes
Jonathan Edwards
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. The superheroes in question are a motley crew. Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, Ian Rush, Marty McFly, a bicycling nun and a recalcitrant hippo - all leap from these pages and jostle for position, alongside...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/02/2014
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The Whole & Rain-domed Universe
Colette Bryce
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. The Whole & Rain-domed Universe is Colette Bryce's much-anticipated follow-up to Self-Portrait in the Dark. The book presents the reader with an extraordinarily clear-eyed, vivid and Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2014. sometimes disturbing account...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/09/2014
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Costa Children's Book Award 2014
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Five Children on the Western Front Inspired by E. Nesbit's Five Children and it Stories
Kate Saunders
Shortlisted for 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 art...
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 in...
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 first...
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 on...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2014
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Costa Book Awards 2014 Shortlists 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.

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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 The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer. 

 

The category shortlists were announced on 18th November 2014. 

 

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

 

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.


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