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The Course of History Ten Meals That Changed the World by Struan Stevenson, Tony Singh Read the opening extract of the brand new Struan Stevenson, Tony Singh book before its publication on 24/10/2017

Costa Book Awards 2016 Costa Book Awards 2016

STOP PRESS... 31 JANUARY 2016. The overall winner of The Costa Book of the Year has just been announced. Scroll down to find out more.


Novel Award 2016 Winner & Shortlisted titles Shortlisted titles

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Days Without End
Sebastian Barry
Winner of 2016 Costa Book of the Year and Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2016. Moving from the plains of the West to Tennessee, Sebastian Barry's latest work is a masterpiece of atmosphere and language. Both an intensely poignant...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
This Must be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell
This Must be the Place
Maggie O'Farrell
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016. Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Fiction Award 2016. June 2016 Book of the Month. Award-winning...
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/05/2016
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
Reader Reviewed The Essex Serpent
Sarah Perry
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016. A gorgeously eloquent and powerfully expressive novel, ‘The Essex Serpent’ explores an unusual relationship in the 1890’s. This isn't exactly a love story, it is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/06/2016
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain
The Gustav Sonata
Rose Tremain
Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2016. Profoundly moving tale of love and devotion, told in a steady, lucid style that reverberates with the latent undercurrent of suppressed, unfulfilled longings....
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/01/2017

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First Novel Award 2016 Winner & Shortlisted titles

My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
My Name is Leon
Kit de Waal
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2016. Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/1970
The Words in My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd
The Words in My Hand
Guinevere Glasfurd
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2016. January 2016 Debut of the Month. A gloriously readable and emotional fictional tale based on the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/01/2016
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
Golden Hill
Francis Spufford
Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017. Inventively entertaining, niftily plotted first novel set in New York during the city’s effervescent...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2016
I'm Not with the Band A Writer's Life Lost in Music by Sylvia Patterson
I'm Not with the Band A Writer's Life Lost in Music
Sylvia Patterson
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2016. From the 80s to the present day, I'm Not with the Band is a funny, barmy, utterly gripping chronicle of the last thirty years in music and beyond. It is also the story...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/06/2016

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Biography Award 2016 Winner & Shortlisted titles

The Return Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
The Return Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between
Hisham Matar
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2016. The Return is at once a universal and an intensely personal tale. It is an exquisite meditation on how history and politics can bear down on an individual life. And yet Hisham Matar's...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/06/2016
Elizabeth The Forgotten Years by John Guy
Elizabeth The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award 2016. This gripping and vivid portrait of Elizabeth I's life and times - often told in her own words ('You know I am no morning woman') - reveals a woman who is fallible, increasingly...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
Falling Awake
Alice Oswald
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2016. Alice Oswald's poems are always vivid and distinct, alert and deeply, physically, engaged in the natural world. Mutability - a sense that all matter is unstable in the face of mortality - is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/07/2016
Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest
Let Them Eat Chaos
Kate Tempest
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2016. Tempest argues that our alienation from one another has bred a terrible indifference to our own fate, but she counters this with a plea to challenge the forces of greed which have conspired...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/09/2016

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Poetry Award 2016 Winner & Shortlisted titles

Say Something Back by Denise Riley
Say Something Back
Denise Riley
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2016. Lyric, intimate, acidly witty, unflinchingly brave, Say Something Back is a deeply moving book by one of our finest poets, and one destined to introduce Riley's name to a wide new readership. Costa...
Format: Paperback - Released: 19/05/2016
Sunshine by Melissa Lee-Houghton
Sunshine
Melissa Lee-Houghton
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2016. Sunshine is the new collection from Next Generation Poet Melissa Lee-Houghton. A writer of startling confession, her poems inhabit the lonely hotel rooms, psych wards and deserted lanes of austerity Britain. Costa judges'...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2016
The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan
The Bombs That Brought Us Together
Brian Conaghan
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2016. Set in a bleak world and reminiscent of Orwell’s 1984, The Bombs That Brought Us Together is nonetheless a funny, tender, surprising and uplifting novel. Charlie’s life should be pretty miserable: he...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2017
Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford
Time Travelling with a Hamster
Ross Welford
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2016 | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2016. January 2016 Debut of the Month This clever,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015

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Children's Book Award 2016 Winner & Shortlisted titles

The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
The Monstrous Child
Francesca Simon
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2016. May 2016 Book of the Month. Francesca Simon has chosen a singular heroine for her first novel for teenagers. Hel is Queen of the Norse underworld, but never has the eternal...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/05/2016
Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
Orangeboy
Patrice Lawrence
Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2016. Shortlisted for the Best Crime Novel for Young Adults at the CrimeFest Awards 2017. A young man has an impossible choice to make, in this powerful coming of age urban thriller. The...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2016
Dadland A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew
Dadland A Journey into Uncharted Territory
Keggie Carew
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2016. The author grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father. As his memory begins to fail, she embarks on a quest to unravel his story. In this title, she takes us...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/01/2017

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2016 Costa Book of the Year winner announced!

The overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2016 was Days Without End by Sebastian Barry.

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

What the Judges said: “A miracle of a book – both epic and intimate – that manages to create spaces for love and safety in the noise and chaos of history."

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Costa Book Awards 2016

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 eleventh year of Costa sponsoring this prestigious award.

Costa Book Awards 2016 Category Winners

Costa Book of the Year and Costa Novel Award Winner

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

Costa First Novel Award Winner

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

Costa Biography Award Winner

Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew

Costa Poetry Award Winner

Falling Awake by Alice Oswald

Costa Children's Book Award Winner

The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan

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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.

The Winner of the 2015 Costa Book of the Year was The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. a Victorian murder mystery the judges said ‘will grip readers of all ages'.

It is only the second children’s book EVER to take the overall prize, and the first since Philip Pullman won with The Amber Spyglass in 2001!

James Heneage, chair of the final judges, said: “Part horror, part detective, part historical... It’s not only a fabulous children’s book but a book that readers of all ages will love.” 

The shortlists for the 2016 Costa Book Awards, announced on 22nd November 2016, are below.

Costa Novel Award

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
This Must Be the Place by Maggie O'Farrell
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain

Costa First Novel Award

The Good Guy by Susan Beale
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
The Words in My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford

Costa Biography Award

Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy
The Return: Fathers Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
I'm Not with the Band by Sylvia Patterson

Costa Poetry Award

Sunshine by Melissa Lee-Houghton
Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
Say Something Back by Denise Riley
Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest

Costa Children's Book Award

The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan
Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon
Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford

The judging panel for the 2016 Costa Book Awards includes: Nicci Gerrard, Justin Cartwright, Sarra Manning, Andrew O'Hagan and Cressida Cowell.

The judges will select their favourite book in each category in early January and these books will then be shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Book of the Year. The overall winner was announced at an awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 31st January 2017.

The winner receives a £30,000 prize.

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

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Sebastian Barry
Maggie O'Farrell
Sarah Perry
Rose Tremain
Susan Beale
Kit de Waal
Guinevere Glasfurd
Francis Spufford
Keggie Carew
John Guy
Hisham Matar
Sylvia Patterson
Melissa Lee-Houghton
Alice Oswald
Denise Riley
Kate Tempest
Brian Conaghan
Patrice Lawrence
Francesca Simon
Ross Welford

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