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Book awards: Costa

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Works (72)

TitlesOrder
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonFiction, 2003
Vernon God Little by Dbc PierreFirst Novel, 2003
Keeping Mum: A Wartime Childhood by Brian ThompsonBiography, 2006
Letter to Patience by John HaynesPoetry, 2006
Restless by William BoydNovel, 2006
Set in Stone by Linda NewberyChildren's Book, 2006
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef PenneyFirst Novel, 2006
The Bower Bird by Ann KelleyChildren's Book, 2007
Day by A. L. KennedyNovel, 2007
Tilt by Jean SpracklandPoetry, 2007
What Was Lost by Catherine O'FlynnFirst Novel, 2007
Young Stalin by Simon Sebag MontefioreBiography, 2007
The Broken Word by Adam FouldsPoetry, 2008
Just Henry by Michelle MagorianChildren's Book, 2008
The Outcast by Sadie JonesFirst Novel, 2008
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian BarryNovel, 2008
Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir by Diana AthillBiography, 2008
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick NessChildren's Book, 2009
Beauty by Raphael SelbourneFirst Novel, 2009
Brooklyn by Colm TóibínNovel, 2009
A Scattering by Christopher ReidPoetry, 2009
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom by Graham FarmeloBiography, 2009
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'FarrellNovel, 2010
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund de WaalBiography, 2010
Of Mutability by Jo ShapcottPoetry, 2010
Out of Shadows by Jason WallaceChildren's Book, 2010
Witness the Night by Kishwar DesaiFirst Novel, 2010
The Bees by Carol Ann DuffyPoetry, 2011
Blood Red Road by Moira YoungChildren's Book, 2011
Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas by Matthew HollisBiography, 2011
Pure by Andrew MillerNovel, 2011
Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie WatsonFirst Novel, 2011
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary MantelNovel, 2012
Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary M. TalbotBiography, 2012
The Innocents by Francesca SegalFirst Novel, 2012
Maggot Moon by Sally GardnerChildren's Book, 2012
The Overhaul by Kathleen JamiePoetry, 2012
Drysalter by Michael Symmons RobertsPoetry, 2013
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris RiddellChildren's Book, 2013
Life After Life by Kate AtkinsonNovel, 2013
The Pike by Lucy Hughes-HallettBiography, 2013
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan FilerFirst Novel, 2013
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma HealeyFirst Novel, 2014
Five Children on the Western Front by Kate SaundersChildren's Book, 2014
H Is for Hawk by Helen MacdonaldBiography, 2014
How to Be Both by Ali SmithNovel, 2014
My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan EdwardsPoetry, 2014
40 Sonnets by Don PatersonPoetry, 2015
A God in Ruins by Kate AtkinsonNovel, 2015
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea WulfBiography, 2015
The Lie Tree by Frances HardingeChildren's Book, 2015
The Loney by Andrew Michael HurleyFirst Novel, 2015
The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian ConaghanChildren’s Book, 2016
Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie CarewBiography, 2016
Days without End by Sebastian BarryNovel, 2016
Falling awake by Alice OswaldPoetry, 2016
Golden Hill by Francis SpuffordFirst Novel, 2016
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanFirst Novel, 2017
The Explorer by Katherine RundellChildren’s Book, 2017
In the Days of Rain by Rebecca StottBiography, 2017
Inside the Wave by Helen DunmorePoetry, 2017, posthumous
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregorNovel, 2017
The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonFirst Novel, 2018
Assurances by Jo MorganPoetry, 2018
The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found by Bart Van EsBiography, 2018
Normal People by Sally RooneyNovel of the Year, 2018
The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKayChildren’s Book, 2018
Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder BilanChildren's, 2019
The Confessions of Frannie Langton: A Novel by Sara CollinsFirst Novel, 2019
Flèche by Mary Jean ChanPoetry, 2019
Middle England by Jonathan CoeNovel, 2019
The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz by Jack FairweatherBiography, 2019

Award description

The Costa Book award 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 is unique in many ways, not least in having 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 £25,000, making a total prize fund of £50,000. It is the only prize which places children's books alongside adult books in this way.

The Costa Book 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. Since 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

Since the introduction of the overall Book of the Year Award in 1985, it has been won seven times by a novel, three times by a first novel, five times by a biography, five times by a collection of poetry and once by a children's book. Winners of the Book of the Year Award from 1985 to 2005 can be found here and winners from 2006 onwards can be found here.

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