Costa Book Awards: Shortlists Announced

by |November 27, 2018

costaThe Costa Books Awards have announced their shortlists!

The Costa Book Awards are given across five different categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Book. They are the only major UK book prize open exclusively to authors who are residents of the UK and Ireland.

This year there were 641 entries submitted, which is the highest number ever received in the history of the awards.

The winners will be announced on Monday the 7th of January 2019 and each category winner will receive a prize of £5,000. The  overall winner of the 2018 The Costa Book of the Year will be announced on Tuesday 29th January 2019 and will receive a prize of £30,000!

Scroll down to see the shortlisted titles …

Best Novel

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman
Normal People by Sally Rooney
From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan

Click here to view titles shortlisted for Best Novel

Best First novel

Pieces of Me by Natalie Hart
An Unremarkable Body by Elisa Lodato
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson

Click here to view titles shortlisted for Best First novel

Best Biography

To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine
The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es
The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah by Benjamin Zephaniah

Click here to view the shortlist for Best Biography

Best Poetry

Us by Zaffar Kunial
Assurances by J.O. Morgan
Soho by Richard Scott
Three Poems by Hannah Sullivan

Click here to view titles shortlisted for Best Poetry

Best Children’s books

The Colour of the Sun by David Almond
Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen
The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay

Click here to view titles shortlisted for Best Children’s books

Bestsellers of the Week

1. The Ice Monster by David Walliams 

2. Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

3. Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi 

4. The Barefoot Investor 2018 Update by Scott Pape

5. The Land Before Avocado by Richard Glover 

6. Modern Baking by Donna Hay 

7. Becoming by Michelle Obama 

8. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

9. Mothering our Boys by Maggie Dent

10. Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend


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