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Costa Book Awards

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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.

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 judging panel for the 2019 Costa Book Awards includes: Clare Mackintosh, Will Smith, Mahsuda Snaith, John Boyne, Francesca Brown, Sarah Turner, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, James Marriott, Will Rycroft, Kate Clanchy, Jade Cuttle, Rohan Silva, Charlotte Eyre, Bali Rai, Danny Van Emden, Sarah Franklin, Joe Haddow, Adele Parks, Simon Trewin, Kit De Waal.

The judges will select their favourite book in each category and these books will then be shortlisted for the 2019 Costa Book of the Year. The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 28th January 2020. 

For more information visit www.costa.co.uk/costa-book-awards and keep up with the latest news @CostaBookAwards

Winner: The Mermaid of Black Conch

Monique Roffey's sixth novel The Mermaid of the Black Conch has won the Costa Book of the Year 2020. "It’s a feat of invention – a brilliant interweaving of mermaid myth and the effects of colonial legacies on modern life." Joanne Owen, LoveReading Expert Reviewer.

Costa First Novel Award shortlist 2020

Winner: Love After Love

Meet the Ramdin-Chetan family: forged through loneliness, broken by secrets, saved by love. Irrepressible Betty Ramdin, her shy son Solo and their marvellous lodger, Mr Chetan, form an unconventional household, happy in their differences, as they build a home together. Home: the place where your navel string is buried, keeping these three safe from an increasingly dangerous world. Happy and ...

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Costa Novel Award shortlist 2020

Winner: The Mermaid of Black Conch

Monique Roffey's sixth novel The Mermaid of the Black Conch has won the Costa Book of the Year 2020. "It’s a feat of invention – a brilliant interweaving of mermaid myth and the effects of colonial legacies on modern life." Joanne Owen, LoveReading Expert Reviewer.

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Costa Biography Award shortlist 2020

Winner: The Louder I Will Sing

What would you do if the people you trusted to uphold the law committed a crime against you? Who would you turn to? And how long would you fight them for? On 28 September 1985, Lee Lawrence's mother Cherry Groce was wrongly shot by police during a raid on her Brixton home. The bullet shattered her spine and she never walked again. ...

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Costa Poetry Award shortlist 2020

Winner: The Historians

A forceful and moving final volume from one of the most masterful poets of the twentieth century. Throughout her nearly sixty-year career, acclaimed poet Eavan Boland came to be known for her exquisite ability to weave myth, history, and the life of an ordinary woman into mesmerizing poetry. She was an essential voice in both feminist and Irish literature, praised ...

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Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist 2020

Winner: Voyage of the Sparrowhawk

I challenge any reader, young or old, not to want to devour this book in one delicious sitting. Once started upon the story of Lotti and Ben, two orphans living in the aftermath of World War 1 and who could not be more different in temperament or background, it is impossible to put down. Initially and understandably wary, they gradually ...

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Costa Book Awards Archive

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