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The destiny waltz by Gerda CharlesNovel, 1971
Henrik Ibsen: The Making of a Dramatist 1828-1864 by Michael Leverson MeyerBiography, 1971
Mercian Hymns by Geoffrey HillPoetry, 1971
Anthony Trollope by James Pope-HennessyBiography, 1972
The Bird of Night by Susan HillNovel, 1972
The Diddakoi by Rumer Goddenchildren's book, 1972
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast by Alan AldridgeChildren's Book, 1973
CB: A life of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman by John WilsonBiography, 1973
The Chip-Chip Gatherers by Shiva NaipaulNovel, 1973
The Emperor's Winding Sheet by Jill Paton WalshChildren's Book, 1974
How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen by Russell HobanChildren's Book, 1974
The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft by Claire TomalinFirst Book, 1974
The Sacred and Profane Love Machine by Iris MurdochNovel, 1974
Docherty by William McIlvanneyNovel, 1975
Improbable Puritan: Life of Bulstrode Whitelocke, 1605-75 by Ruth SpaldingFirst Book, 1975
In our infancy : an autobiography by Helen CorkeAutobiography, 1975
The Children of Dynmouth by William TrevorNovel, 1976
Elizabeth Gaskell: A Biography by Winifred GerinBiography, 1976
A Stitch in Time by Penelope LivelyChildren's Book, 1976
Injury Time by Beryl BainbridgeNovel, 1977
Mary Curzon by Nigel NicolsonBiography, 1977
Bubble and Squeak by Philippa PearceChildren's Book, 1978
Lloyd George: The People's Champion 1902-1911 by John GriggBiography, 1978
Picture Palace by Paul TherouxNovel, 1978
About Time: An Aspect of Autobiography by Penelope MortimerAutobiography, 1979
The Old Jest by Jennifer JohnstonNovel, 1979
Tulku by Peter DickinsonChildren's Novel, 1979
How Far Can You Go? by David LodgeNovel, 1980
John Diamond by Leon GarfieldChildren's Novel, 1980
On the Edge of Paradise: A.C.Benson the Diarist by David NewsomeBiography, 1980
A Good Man in Africa by William BoydFirst Novel, 1981
The Hollow Land by Jane GardamChildren's Novel, 1981
Monty: The Making of a General : 1887-1942 by Nigel HamiltonBiography, 1981
Silver's City by Maurice LeitchNovel, 1981
Bismarck by Edward CrankshawBiography, 1982
On the Black Hill by Bruce ChatwinFirst Novel, 1982
The Song of Pentecost by W. J. CorbettChildren's Novel, 1982
Young Shoulders by John WainNovel, 1982
Flying to nowhere by John FullerFirst Novel, 1983
Fools of Fortune by William TrevorNovel, 1983
King George V by Kenneth RoseBiography, 1983
Vita: The Life of V. Sackville-West by Victoria GlendinningBiography, 1983
The Witches by Roald DahlChildren's Novel, 1983
Kruger's Alp by Christopher HopeNovel, 1984
A Parish of Rich Women by James BuchanFirst Novel, 1984
T.S. Eliot: A Life by Peter AckroydBiography, 1984
Elegies by Douglas DunnPoetry, 1985
Hawksmoor by Peter AckroydNovel, 1985
Hugh Dalton: A Life by Ben PimlottBiography, 1985
The Nature of the Beast by Janni HowkerChildren's Novel, 1985
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette WintersonFirst Novel, 1985
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo IshiguroNovel, 1986
The Coal House by Andrew TaylorChildren's Novel, 1986
Continent by Jim CraceFirst Novel, 1986
Gilbert White by Richard MabeyBiography, 1986
Stet by Peter ReadingPoetry, 1986
The Child in Time by Ian McEwanNovel, 1987
The Haw Lantern by Seamus HeaneyPoetry, 1987
A Little Lower Than the Angels by Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Novel, 1987
The Other Garden by Francis WyndhamFirst Novel, 1987
Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher NolanBiography, 1987
The automatic oracle by Peter PorterPoetry, 1988
Awaiting Developments by Judy AllenChildren's Novel, 1988
The Comforts of Madness by Paul SayerFirst Novel, 1988
The Satanic Verses by Salman RushdieNovel, 1988
Tolstoy by A. N. WilsonBiography, 1988
The Chymical Wedding by Lindsay ClarkeNovel, 1989
Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804 by Richard HolmesBiography, 1989
Gerontius by James Hamilton-PatersonFirst Novel, 1989
Shibboleth by Michael DonaghyPoetry, 1989
Why Weeps the Brogan? by Hugh ScottChildren's Novel, 1989
A. A. Milne: His Life by Ann ThwaiteBiography, 1990
AK by Peter DickinsonChildren's Novel, 1990
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif KureishiFirst Novel, 1990
Daddy, Daddy by Paul DurcanPoetry, 1990
Hopeful Monsters by Nicholas MosleyNovel, 1990
Alma Cogan by Gordon BurnFirst Novel, 1991
Gorse Fires by Michael LongleyPoetry, 1991
Harvey Angell by Diana HendryChildren's Novel, 1991
A Life of Picasso, Volume 1: 1881-1906 by John RichardsonBiography, 1991
The Queen of the Tambourine by Jane GardamNovel, 1991
Anthony Trollope by Victoria GlendinningBiography, 1992
The Gaze of the Gorgon by Tony HarrisonPoetry, 1992
The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian CrossChildren's Novel, 1992
Poor Things by Alasdair GrayNovel, 1992
Swing Hammer Swing! by Jeff TorringtonFirst Novel, 1992
Flour Babies by Anne FineChildren's Novel, 1993
Mean Time by Carol Ann DuffyPoetry, 1993
Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew MotionBiography, 1993
Saving Agnes by Rachel CuskFirst Novel, 1993
Theory of War by Joan BradyNovel, 1993
D.H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage by Brenda MaddoxBiography, 1994
Felicia's Journey by William TrevorNovel, 1994
Gold Dust by Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Novel, 1994
The Longest Memory by Fred D'AguiarFirst Novel, 1994
Out of Danger: Poems by James FentonPoetry, 1994
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate AtkinsonFirst Novel, 1995
Gladstone by Roy JenkinsBiography, 1995
Gunpowder by Bernard O'DonoghuePoetry, 1995
The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman RushdieNovel, 1995
The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael MorpurgoBeefeater Children’s Novel, 1995
The Debt to Pleasure by John LanchesterFirst Novel, 1996
Every Man for Himself by Beryl BainbridgeNovel, 1996
The Spirit Level by Seamus HeaneyPoetry, 1996
Thomas Cranmer: A Life by Diarmaid MacCullochBiography, 1996
The Tulip Touch by Anne FineChildren's Book, 1996
Aquila by Andrew NorrissChildren's Book, 1997
Quarantine by Jim CraceNovel, 1997
Tales from Ovid by Ted HughesPoetry, 1997
The Ventriloquist's Tale by Pauline MelvilleFirst Novel, 1997
Victor Hugo: A Biography by Graham RobbBiography, 1997
Birthday Letters by Ted HughesPoetry, 1998
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda ForemanBiography, 1998
The Last King of Scotland by Giles FodenFirst Novel, 1998
Leading the Cheers by Justin CartwrightNovel, 1998
Skellig by David AlmondChildren's Book, 1998
Beowulf by Beowulf PoetPoetry, 1999
Berlioz: Volume Two: Servitude and Greatness, 1832-1869 by David CairnsBiography, 1999
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. RowlingChildren's Book, 1999
Music & Silence by Rose TremainNovel, 1999
White City Blue by Tim LottFirst Novel, 1999
The Asylum Dance by John BurnsidePoetry, 2000
Bad blood by Lorna SageBiography, 2000
Coram Boy by Jamila GavinChildren's Book, 2000
English Passengers by Matthew KnealeNovel, 2000
Wheel of Surya by Jamila GavinChildren's Book, 2000
White Teeth by Zadie SmithFirst Novel, 2000
The Amber Spyglass by Philip PullmanChildren's Book, 2001
Bunny by Selima HillPoetry, 2001
Selkirk's Island: The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe by Diana SouhamiBiography, 2001
Something Like a House by Sid SmithFirst Novel, 2001
Twelve Bar Blues by Patrick NeateNovel, 2001
The Ice Age: A Collection of Poems by Paul FarleyPoetry, 2002
Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKayChildren's Book, 2002
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire TomalinBiography, 2002
The Song of Names by Norman LebrechtFirst Novel, 2002
Spies by Michael FraynNovel, 2002
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonNovel, 2003
The Fire-Eaters by David AlmondChildren's Book, 2003
Landing Light by Don PatersonPoetry, 2003
Orwell: The Life by D. J. TaylorBiography, 2003
Vernon God Little by DBC PierreFirst Novel, 2003
Corpus by Michael Symmons RobertsPoetry, 2004
Eve Green by Susan FletcherFirst Novel, 2004
Not the End of the World by Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Book, 2004
Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John GuyBiography, 2004
Small Island by Andrea LevyNovel, 2004
The Accidental by Ali SmithNovel, 2005
Cold Calls by Christopher LoguePoetry, 2005
The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash AwFirst Novel,2005
Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour: 1909-1954 by Hilary SpurlingBiography, 2005
The New Policeman by Kate ThompsonChildren's Book, 2005

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The Costa Book Awards 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. A separate LT awards page has been started here.

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