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Costa Book Awards 2015 Costa Book Awards 2015


Costa Prize Category Winners 2015

The Lie Tree
Frances Hardinge
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015. Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2015. Award-winning Frances Hardinge is spellbinding in this hugely entertaining and dramatic Victorian thriller. When Faith’s father dies suddenly she knows she must try...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Reader Reviewed The Loney
Andrew Michael Hurley
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2015. Perhaps it's the sheets of rain which fall continuously on The Loney, that " wild and useless length of English coastline", a "strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/08/2015
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A God in Ruins
Kate Atkinson
Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2015. Kate Atkinson's dazzling Life After Life, one of the top selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
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Invention of Nature The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science
Andrea Wulf
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2015. Before Longitude no one remembered John Harrison. The Invention of Nature does the same for Alexander von Humboldt. He predicted human-induced climate change as early as 1800, and The Invention of Nature traces...
Format: Hardback - Released: 22/10/2015
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40 Sonnets
Don Paterson
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2015. In 40 Sonnets Paterson returns to some of his central themes - contradiction and strangeness, tension and transformation, the dream world, and the divided self - in some of the most powerful and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
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Costa First Novel Award 2015 Shortlisted titles

Things We Have in Common
Tasha Kavanagh
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015. Sue Townsend meets Zoe Heller in this dark, twisted and heartbreakingly vulnerable tale. Costa Judges' comment: “An insightful, compellingly-plotted novel about teenage obsession and isolation. An exceptionally assured debut with a captivating...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/05/2015
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Reader Reviewed Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Sara Baume
One of our Books of the Year 2015. November 2015 Debut of the Month. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015. Slow starting,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
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Reader Reviewed The Girl in the Red Coat
Kate Hamer
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015. A stunningly original debut that weaves a multitude of emotions throughout. Single parent Beth has a hard time keeping her daughter Carmel from randomly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/12/2015
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Costa Novel Award 2015 Shortlisted titles

At Hawthorn Time
Melissa Harrison
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015. Building to an extraordinary climax over the course of one spring month, At Hawthorn Time is both a clear-eyed picture of rural Britain, and a heartbreaking exploration of love, land and loss. Costa...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/04/2015
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Reader Reviewed A Place Called Winter
Patrick Gale
One of our Books of the Year 2015. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015. A slight departure for this highly regarded author being an historical tale of Edwardian London and Canada based on a true story from his family...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/08/2015
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The Green Road
Anne Enright
Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2015. Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A darkly glinting novel set on Ireland's Atlantic coast, The Green Road is a story of fracture and family, selfishness and compassion - a book about...
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Costa Biography Award 2015 Shortlisted titles

The House by the Lake
Thomas Harding
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2015. With a work of history, this book reveals the story of Germany through the inhabitants of one small wooden building: a nobleman farmer, a prosperous Jewish family, a renowned Nazi composer, a widow...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/09/2015
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The Story of Alice Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2015. Using new and previously unpublished material Robert Douglas-Fairhurst explores Alice in Wonderland and the life of its author, Lewis Carroll, looking too at the influence Alice in Wonderland has had on our cultural...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/03/2015
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John Aubrey My Own Life
Ruth Scurr
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2015. Calling it a book of scholarly imagination, Ruth Scurr attempts to recreate John Aubrey’s life from his own writings. He was one of the first journalistic voices we have in English history; he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/03/2015
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Costa Poetry Award 2015 Shortlisted titles

Talking Dead
Neil Rollinson
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2015. Lifting the lid on the human condition in a heartfelt celebration of the act of being, whether in moments of love or mortality, sex or feasting, this book features a meditation on the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2015
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The Observances
Kate Miller
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2015. In the informal rituals of the tide remaking its tideline, of a painter absorbed in the act of painting or of an old couple greeting the night, the English poet Kate Miller sees...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/04/2015
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Physical
Andrew McMillan
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2015. Features poems that are hymns to the male body - to male friendship and male love - muscular, sometimes shocking, but always deeply moving. An elegant stylist and unfashionably honest poet, McMillan's eye...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/07/2015
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Costa Children's Book Award 2015 Shortlisted titles

Jessica's Ghost
Andrew Norriss
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2015. Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece. Francis is a bit of an outsider and doesn’t really have friends. But he finds it...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/03/2015
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An Island of Our Own
Sally Nicholls
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2015. Shortlisted for the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize From the winner of the Waterstones Children's Book prize comes a new novel about family and friendship. Jonathan, Holly and Davy have been struggling...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Reader Reviewed Sophie Someone
Hayley Long
September 2015 NewGen Book of the Month. Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2015. Sophie Nieuwenleven’s story is shocking, so she tells it in the only way she can – in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/09/2015
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Costa Book Awards 2015

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 tenth 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 2015 are:

Costa First Novel Award 2015

The Loney By Andrew Michael Hurley

Costa Novel Award 2015

A God in Ruins by Kate Aktinson

Costa Biography Award 2015

The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

Costa Poetry Award 2015

40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

Costa Children's Book Award 2015

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

The judges have selected shortlists and winners in their respective categories (First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book) and the five Award Winners will form the shortlist for the 2015 Costa Book of the Year, which will be announced at an awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 26th January 2016. The overall winner receives a £30,000 prize.

The shortlists, announced on 18th November 2015, are below.

Costa First Novel Award

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh

Costa Novel Award

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
The Green Road by Anne Enright
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
At Hawthorn Time Melissa Harrison

Costa Biography Award

The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding
John Aubrey: My Own Life by Ruth Scurr
The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf

Costa Poetry Award

Physical by Andrew McMillan
The Observances by Kate Miller
40 Sonnets by Don Paterson
Talking Dead by Neil Rollinson

Costa Children's Book Award

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Sophie Someone by Hayley Long
An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls
Jessica’s Ghost by Andrew Norriss

The judging panel for the 2015 Costa Book Awards includes Louise Doughty, David Headley and Cathy Rentzenbrink, Hannah Beckerman, Lauren Hadden, Matt Haig, Simon Heafield, Penny Junor, Jane Shilling, Julia Copues, Adam Newey, Melanie Prince, Martyn Bedford, Melissa Cox and Andrea Reece.

Sara Baume 
Kate Hamer 
Andrew Michael Hurley 
Tasha Kavanagh 
Kate Atkinson 
Anne Enright 
Patrick Gale 
Melissa Harrison 
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst 
Thomas Harding 
Ruth Scurr 
Andrea Wulf 
Andrew McMillan 
Kate Miller 
Don Paterson 
Neil Rollinson 
Frances Hardinge 
Hayley Long 
Sally Nicholls 
Andrew Norriss 

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