Costa Book Awards 2016
The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. Congratulations to the 2016 winner, and now double winner - Sebastian Barry!
Costa Novel Award Winner and 2016 Overall Winner
Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
"A beautiful, savage, tender, searing work of art. Sentence after perfect sentence it grips and does not let go." (Donal Ryan). "A violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making [and] the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I've come across in years." (Kazuo Ishiguro). "I am thinking of the days without end of my life..." After signing up...
Costa First Novel Award Winner
Golden Hill - Francis Spufford
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2016Winner of the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2017Winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2017Shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2017Shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2017Shortlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award 2017Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Debut Novel of the Year 2017New York, a small town on the tip of...
Costa Biography Award Winner
Dadland : A Journey into Uncharted Territory - Keggie Carew
Winner of the Costa Biography Award. Keggie Carew grew up in the gravitational field of an unorthodox father who lived on his wits and dazzling charm.
As his memory begins to fail, she embarks on a quest to unravel his story, and soon finds herself in a far more consuming place than she had bargained for.
Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer, a law unto himself.
As a member of an elite...
Costa Poetry Award Winner
Falling Awake - Alice Oswald
Winner of the 2016 Costa Poetry Award. Shortlisted for the 2016 T. S. Eliot Award. Shortlisted for the 2016 Forward Prize. A Daily Telegraph / Guardian / Herald / New Statesman / Sunday Times / Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year.
Alice Oswald's poems are always vivid and distinct, alert and deeply, physically, engaged in the natural world.
Mutability - a sense that all matter is unstable in...
Costa Children’s Book Award Winner
The Bombs That Brought Us Together - Brian Conaghan
Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life.
He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting.
You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town.
When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken.
Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and...