The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. Here are the books shortlisted for the category of Novel. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in January.The final four books listed have been shortlisted in the category of First Novel.
Kate Atkinson's Life After Life explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God In Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. Buy the book here.
Catlin Moran’s brilliant novel How to Build a Girl is semi-autobiographical, and reveals the hardships and humour in coming of age. The successful book is about to be adapted for the...On June 25, 2018
The 50-year-old children’s author/illustrator Anna Dewdney has passed away after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. She leaves behind a strong message for parents as she urges people to read...On September 7, 2016
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Gabrielle Tozer is a senior editor, journalist and copywriter who has edited, sub-edited and written for several magazines, newspapers and anthologies throughout the past decade. In addition to Gabrielle's work...On February 4, 2014
Richard Tulloch has written more than 50 children's books, including Stories from our House, Beastly Tales and the popular Weird Stuff series of novels. As well as books Tulloch has...On May 2, 2013
Leesa Bow grew up in Broken Hill, far west NSW. She moved to Adelaide, and married a football player. Inevitably her four daughters were also sporty. In 2009, Leesa began...On September 3, 2014