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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Costa Book Awards (2008-2013)

from Costa Book Awards accessed 1/7/14

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book - with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year, announced at an awards ceremony in London every January.

Launched in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards, they became the Whitbread Book Awards in 1985, with Costa taking over in 2006.
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From the Telegraph, accessed 1/7/14
Winners have been named in the five Costa Book Awards categories, the Telegraph reported. Each author receives £5,000 (US$8,202) and is now eligible for the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year prize, which will be announced later this month.

2013 Costa category winners are:
Novel: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
First novel: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Biography: The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Poetry: Drysalter by Michael Symmons Roberts
Children's: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell
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2011-2012 from Wikipedia.com
2012 Costa Book Awards
First Novel Award — Francesca Segal, The Innocents
Novel Award — Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies dagger
Children's Book Award — Sally Gardner, Maggot Moon
Poetry Award — Kathleen Jamie, The Overhaul
Biography Award — Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes
Short Story Award — Avril Joy, "Millie and Bird"

2011 Costa Book Awards
First Novel Award — Christie Watson, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away
Novel Award — Andrew Miller, Pure dagger
Children's Book Award — Moira Young, Blood Red Road
Poetry Award — Carol Ann Duffy, The Bees
Biography Award — Matthew Hollis, Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas
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Category winners for the 2010 Costa Book Awards, which honor books by writers in the U.K. and Ireland, include:

Novel: The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
First novel: Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai
Biography: The Hare With Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal
Poetry: Of Mutability by Jo Shapcott --Winner!
Children's book: Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace

2010 Shortlist
Costa First Novel Award
Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai
Coconut Unlimited by Nikesh Shukla
The Temple-Goers by Aatish Taseer
Not Quite White by Simon Thirsk

Costa Novel Award
Whatever You Love by Louise Doughty
The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell
Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Costa Biography Award
How to Live A Life of Montaigne by Sarah Bakewell
My Father's Fortune by Michael Frayn
The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

Costa Poetry Award
Standard Midland by Roy Fisher
The Wrecking Light by Robin Robertson
Of Mutability by Jo Shapcott
New Light for the Old Dark by Sam Willetts

Costa Children's Book Award
Flyaway by Lucy Christopher
Annexed by Sharon Dogar
Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud
Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace

2009's shortlisted books
Costa First Novel Award
* The Finest Type of English Womanhood by Rachel Heath
* John the Revelator by Peter Murphy
* Beauty by Raphael Selbourne --Winner!
* The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

Costa Novel Award
* Family Album by Penelope Lively
* Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
* The Elephant Keeper by Christopher Nicholson
* Brooklyn by Colm Toibin -- Winner!

Costa Biography Award
* The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius by Graham Farmelo --Winner!
* The Music Room by William Fiennes
* Coda by Simon Gray
* Dancing to the Precipice by Caroline Moorehead

Costa Poetry Award

* Angels Over Elsinore by Clive James
* One Eye'd Leigh by Katharine Kilalea
* Darwin: A Life in Poems by Ruth Padel
* A Scattering by Christopher Reid -- Winner, Costa Book of the Year

Costa Children's Award
* Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
* Troubadour by Mary Hoffman
* The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness --Winner!
* Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera

2008 Costa Shortlist:

Costa First Novel Award
* The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams
* The Outcast by Sadie Jones --Winner!
* Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith
* Inside the Whale by Jennie Rooney

Costa Children's Award
* Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
* The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd
* Just Henry by Michelle Magorian --Winner!
* Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine

Costa Biography Award
* Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill --Winner!
* Bloomsbury Ballerina by Judith Mackrell
* If You Don't Know Me By Now: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam Sanghera
* Chagall by Jackie Wullschlager

Costa Novel Award

* The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry --Winner!
* The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
* A Partisan's Daughter by Louis de Bernieres
* Trauma by Patrick McGrath

Costa Poetry Award

* For All We Know by Ciaran Carson
* The Broken Word by Adam Foulds --Winner!
* Sunday at the Skin Launderette by Kathryn Simmonds
* Salvation Jane by Greta Stoddart

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