Costa Book Awards: 2019 Shortlists Announced

by |November 28, 2019

The shortlists for the Costa Book Awards were announced on Tuesday!

The awards celebrate the most enjoyable books of the year by writers from the UK and Ireland, with past winners including Sally Rooney, Gail Honeyman and Sebastian Barry.

There are five shortlists in total – one each for First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – and one book is selected from the winner of each category as the overall Book of the Year. The category winners will be announced on Monday 6 January, 2020, and the overall winner will be revealed on Tuesday 28 January.

Read on to see all of the shortlisted books for the 2019 Costa Book Award!


Costa Novel Award shortlist


Costa First Novel Award shortlist


Costa Biography Award shortlist


Costa Poetry Award shortlist

  • Surge by Jay Bernard
  • Flèche by Mary Jean Chan
  • The Mizzy by Paul Farley
  • Reckless Paper Birds by John McCullough

Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist


Congratulations to all of the shortlisted authors!

You can find more information here


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