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THE SHORTLIST HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2019 COSTA BOOK AWARDS 

The Booksellers Association administer the
Costa Book Awards, which is one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.

The Costa Book Awards have five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book. The winner in each category receives £5,000. One of these five books is selected as the overall winner of the Book of the Year and receives a further £30,000, making a total prize fund of £55,000. It is the only prize which places children's books alongside adult books in this way.

The Awards started life in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards. From 1985 they were known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2006, when Costa Coffee took over ownership - the year that both Costa and the Book Awards celebrated their 35th anniversary.

2019 Nominees

The Shortlist for nominees across all 5 categories were publicly announced on the 26th November 2019 on BBC Radio 4. The award winners will be released in January 2020, with the Book of the Year being announced at a ceremony on the 28th January. 

The Nominees are as follows:CBA19-Shortlist-Portrait-A3-V1-(1).jpg


NOVEL
Jonathan Coe - Middle England (Viking)
Sophie Hardach - Confession with Blue Horses (Head of Zeus)
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan - Starling Days (Sceptre)
Joseph O'Connor - Shadowplay (Harvill Secker)

FIRST NOVEL
  • Brian Bilston - Diary of a Somebody (Picador)
  • Candice Carty-Williams - Queenie (Trapeze)
  • Sara Collins - The Confessions of Frannie Langton (Viking)
  • Joanna Glen - The Other Half of Augusta Hope (The Borough Press)

BIOGRAPHY
  • Laura Cumming - On Chapel Sands: My mother and other missing persons (Chatto & Windus)
  • Jack Fairweather - The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz (WH Allen)
  • Lindsey Hilsum - In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin (Chatto & Windus)
  • Adam Nicolson - The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and Their Year of Marvels (William Collins)

POETRY
  • Jay Bernard - Surge (Chatto & Windus)
  • Mary Jean Chan - Fleche (Faber & Faber)
  • Paul Farley - The Mizzy (Picador)
  • John McCullough - Reckless Paper Birds (Penned in the Margins)

CHILDREN'S
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  • Jasbinder Bilan - Asha & the Spirit Bird (Chicken House)
  • Malorie Blackman - Crossfire (Penguin Books)
  • Nicholas Bowling - In the Shadow of Heroes (Chicken House)
  • Jenny Downham - Furious Thing (David Fickling Books)
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APPLYING FOR THE AWARDS
Entries are not currently open.

Entries for the 2020 Costa Book Awards will open in the Summer. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive information about submitting entries, email Rehana Nurmahi

www.costa.co.uk/costa-book-award
@CostaBookAwards