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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.
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 Overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2015 was The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge.
James Heneage, chair of the final judges, said: “Part horror, part detective, part historical, this is a fantastic story with great central characters and narrative tension. It’s not only a fabulous children’s book but a book that readers of all ages will love.”
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
Costa Novel Award
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
Costa Children's Book Award
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.
Andrew Michael Hurley