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...



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Costa First Novel Award Winner

Golden Hill - Francis Spufford

New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, 1746.

One rainy evening, a charming and handsome young stranger fresh off the boat from England pitches up to a counting house on Golden Hill Street, with a suspicious yet compelling proposition - he has an order for a thousand pounds in his pocket that he wishes to cash.

But can he be trusted? This is New York in its infancy, a place where a...



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...