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Costa Book Awards

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.

Find out about the Costa Book of the Year, category winners, and discover all the shortlisted titles for this year's awards below.

Costa Book of the Year 2019

The Volunteer : The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz - Costa Book of the Year 2019 - Jack Fairweather

The incredible story of Witold Pilecki – one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War – a Polish resistance fighter who volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz where he forged an underground army, sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi officers, gathered evidence of the mass murder of the Jews and spread news of the Holocaust to the Allies.

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Costa Book Awards Category Winners 2019

Winner of the 2019 Novel Award

Middle England : Winner of the Costa Novel Award 2019 - Jonathan Coe

The country is changing and, up and down the land, cracks are appearing - within families and between generations. In the Midlands, Benjamin Trotter tries to help his aged father navigate a Britain that seems to have forgotten he exists, while in London his friend Doug doesn't understand why his teenage daughter is eternally enraged. Meanwhile, newlyweds Sophie and Ian can find nothing to agree on except the fact that their marriage is on the rocks...

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Winner of the 2019 First Novel Award

The Confessions of Frannie Langton : The Costa Book Awards First Novel Winner 2019 - Sara Collins

1826, the Old Bailey: former slave, Frannie Langton, stands trial. The testimonies against her are many - seductress, murderer. This is Frannie’s testimony; beginning on a plantation in Jamaica and ending in a mansion in London where a woman waits to be freed. At the heart of it, this question: could Frannie have murdered the only person she ever loved?

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Winner of the 2019 Biography Award

The Volunteer : The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz - Costa Book of the Year 2019 - Jack Fairweather

 

The incredible story of Witold Pilecki – one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War – a Polish resistance fighter who volunteered to be imprisoned in Auschwitz where he forged an underground army, sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi officers, gathered evidence of the mass murder of the Jews and spread news of the Holocaust to the Allies.

 

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Winner of the 2019 Poetry Award

Fleche - Mary Jean Chan

In Flèche, Mary Jean Chan evokes the difficulties of reconciling one’s need for safety alongside the desire to shed one’s protective armour in order to fully embrace the world. As themes of multilingualism, queerness, psychoanalysis and cultural history emerge, so too does a richly imagined personal, maternal and national biography. This is a collection that feels urgent and true, dazzling and devastating by turns.

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Winner of the 2019 Children's Book Award

Asha & the Spirit Bird - Jasbinder Bilan

In an unforgettable adventure set in contemporary India, Asha is guided by a majestic bird which she believes to be the spirit of her grandmother. Together with her best friend, Jeevan, she embarks on a journey across the Himalayas to find her missing father and save her home…

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2019 Costa Novel Award Shortlist

2019 Costa First Novel Award Shortlist

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2019 Costa Biography Award Shortlist

2019 Costa Poetry Award Shortlist

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2019 Costa Children's Book Award Shortlist