Costa Book AwardsWinner

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Other Names: Whitbread Book Awards (1971-2005), Costa Book of the Year, Whitbread Award, Whitbread Book of the Year, , Whitbread first novel prize
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From 1971 to 2021 the Costa Book award was one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognised some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and

show more 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. The 2021 Costa Book Awards held in February 2022 was our 50th and final awards. show less

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All, Biography (78), Book of the Year (12), Children's Book (78), First Book (2), First Novel (73), Novel (84), Poetry (64), No Category (9)
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Winner 400

WorkCategoryYear
Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John PrestonBiography2021
The Crossing by Manjeet MannChildren's Book2021
Open Water by Caleb Azumah NelsonFirst Novel2021
Unsettled Ground by Claire FullerNovel2021
The Kids by Hannah LowePoetry2021
The Louder I Will Sing by Lee LawrenceBiography2020
Voyage of the Sparrowhawk by Natasha FarrantChildren's Book2020
Love After Love by Ingrid PersaudFirst Novel2020
The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique RoffeyNovel2020
The Historians: Poems by Eavan BolandPoetry2020
The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz by Jack FairweatherBiography2019
Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder BilanChildren's Book2019
The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara CollinsFirst Novel2019
Middle England by Jonathan CoeNovel2019
Flèche by Mary Jean ChanPoetry2019
The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found by Bart Van EsBiography2018
The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKayChildren's Book2018
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart TurtonFirst Novel2018
Normal People by Sally RooneyNovel2018
Assurances by Jo MorganPoetry2018
In the Days of Rain by Rebecca StottBiography2017
The Explorer by Katherine RundellChildren's Book2017
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail HoneymanFirst Novel2017
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregorNovel2017
Inside the Wave by Helen DunmorePoetry2017
Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie CarewBiography2016
The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian ConaghanChildren's Book2016
Golden Hill by Francis SpuffordFirst Novel2016
Days without End by Sebastian BarryNovel2016
Falling awake by Alice OswaldPoetry2016
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea WulfBiography2015
The Lie Tree by Frances HardingeChildren's Book2015
The Loney by Andrew Michael HurleyFirst Novel2015
A God in Ruins by Kate AtkinsonNovel2015
40 Sonnets by Don PatersonPoetry2015
H Is for Hawk by Helen MacdonaldBiography2014
Five Children on the Western Front by Kate SaundersChildren's Book2014
Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma HealeyFirst Novel2014
How to Be Both by Ali SmithNovel2014
My Family and Other Superheroes by Jonathan EdwardsPoetry2014
The Pike by Lucy Hughes-HallettBiography2013
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris RiddellChildren's Book2013
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan FilerFirst Novel2013
Life After Life by Kate AtkinsonNovel2013
Drysalter by Michael Symmons RobertsPoetry2013
Dotter of her Father's Eyes by Mary M. TalbotBiography2012
Maggot Moon by Sally GardnerChildren's Book2012
The Innocents by Francesca SegalFirst Novel2012
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary MantelNovel2012
The Overhaul by Kathleen JamiePoetry2012
Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas by Matthew HollisBiography2011
Blood Red Road by Moira YoungChildren's Book2011
Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away by Christie WatsonFirst Novel2011
Pure by Andrew MillerNovel2011
The Bees by Carol Ann DuffyPoetry2011
The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance by Edmund De WaalBiography2010
Out of Shadows by Jason WallaceChildren's Book2010
Witness the Night by Kishwar DesaiFirst Novel2010
The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'FarrellNovel2010
Of Mutability by Jo ShapcottPoetry2010
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom by Graham FarmeloBiography2009
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick NessChildren's Book2009
Beauty by Raphael SelbourneFirst Novel2009
Brooklyn by Colm TóibínNovel2009
A Scattering by Christopher ReidPoetry2009
Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir by Diana AthillBiography2008
Just Henry by Michelle MagorianChildren's Book2008
The Outcast by Sadie JonesFirst Novel2008
The Secret Scripture by Sebastian BarryNovel2008
The Broken Word by Adam FouldsPoetry2008
Young Stalin by Simon Sebag MontefioreBiography2007
The Bower Bird by Ann KelleyChildren's Book2007
What Was Lost by Catherine O'FlynnFirst Novel2007
Day by A. L. KennedyNovel2007
Tilt by Jean SpracklandPoetry2007
Keeping Mum: A Wartime Childhood by Brian ThompsonBiography2006
Set in Stone by Linda NewberyChildren's Book2006
The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef PenneyFirst Novel2006
Restless by William BoydNovel2006
Letter to Patience by John HaynesPoetry2006
Haw-Haw: The Tragedy of William and Margaret Joyce by Nigel FarndaleBiography2005
Nature Cure by Richard MabeyBiography2005
Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander MastersBiography2005
Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour: 1909-1954 by Hilary SpurlingBiography2005
Framed by Frank Cottrell BoyceChildren's Book2005
The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Book2005
Permanent Rose by Hilary McKayChildren's Book2005
The New Policeman by Kate ThompsonChildren's Book2005
The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash AwFirst Novel2005
26a by Diana EvansFirst Novel2005
The Short Day Dying by Peter HobbsFirst Novel2005
Gem Squash Tokoloshe by Rachel ZadokFirst Novel2005
A Long Way Down by Nick HornbyNovel2005
Shalimar the Clown by Salman RushdieNovel2005
The Accidental by Ali SmithNovel2005
Cotton by Christopher WilsonNovel2005
Legion by David HarsentPoetry2005
Cold Calls: War Music Continued by Christopher LoguePoetry2005
Lucky Day/Little Dino (PM Story Books Yellow Level) by Richard PricePoetry2005
Marabou by Jane YehPoetry2005
Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour: 1909-1954 by Hilary Spurling2005
Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John GuyBiography2004
Jabez: The Rise and Fall of a Victorian Rogue by David McKieBiography2004
Stephen Spender: A Literary Life by John SutherlandBiography2004
V. S. Pritchett: A Working Life by Jeremy TreglownBiography2004
Looking for JJ by Anne CassidyChildren's Book2004
Not the End of the World by Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Book2004
How I Live Now by Meg RosoffChildren's Book2004
No Shame, No Fear by Ann TurnbullChildren's Book2004
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna ClarkeFirst Novel2004
The Land as Viewed from the Sea by Richard CollinsFirst Novel2004
Eve Green by Susan FletcherFirst Novel2004
The Maze by Panos KarnezisFirst Novel2004
Case Histories by Kate AtkinsonNovel2004
Birds Without Wings by Louis de BernièresNovel2004
The Line of Beauty by Alan HollinghurstNovel2004
Small Island by Andrea LevyNovel2004
These Days by Leontia FlynnPoetry2004
Ghosts by John FullerPoetry2004
Ground Water by Matthew HollisPoetry2004
Corpus by Michael Symmons RobertsPoetry2004
Small Island by Andrea Levy2004
The Iron Lady by John CampbellBiography2003
Martha Gellhorn: A Life by Caroline MooreheadBiography2003
Orwell: The Life by D. J. TaylorBiography2003
Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith by Andrew WilsonBiography2003
The Fire-Eaters by David AlmondChildren's Book2003
Exodus by Julie BertagnaChildren's Book2003
The Oracle Betrayed: Book One of The Oracle Prophecies by Catherine FisherChildren's Book2003
Private Peaceful by Michael MorpurgoChildren's Book2003
Naked Without a Hat by Jeanne WillisChildren's Book2003
Buddha Da by Anne DonovanFirst Novel2003
An Evening of Long Goodbyes by Paul MurrayFirst Novel2003
Vernon God Little by DBC PierreFirst Novel2003
An Empty Room by Talitha StevensonFirst Novel2003
The Lucky Ones by Rachel CuskNovel2003
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark HaddonNovel2003
Heligoland by Shena MackayNovel2003
Frankie and Stankie by Barbara TrapidoNovel2003
Minsk by Lavinia GreenlawPoetry2003
Ink Stone (Faber Poetry) by Jamie McKendrickPoetry2003
Landing Light by Don PatersonPoetry2003
Hard Water by Jean SpracklandPoetry2003
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon2003
Anthony Blunt: His Lives by Miranda CarterBiography2002
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA by Brenda MaddoxBiography2002
The Real Mrs. Miniver by Ysenda Maxtone-GrahamBiography2002
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire TomalinBiography2002
Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKayChildren's Book2002
Sorceress by Celia ReesChildren's Book2002
Mortal Engines by Philip ReeveChildren's Book2002
The End of My Tether by Neil AstleyFirst Novel2002
Homage to a Firing Squad by Tariq GoddardFirst Novel2002
The Impressionist by Hari KunzruFirst Novel2002
The Song of Names by Norman LebrechtFirst Novel2002
White Lightning by Justin CartwrightNovel2002
Spies by Michael FraynNovel2002
Rumours of a Hurricane by Tim LottNovel2002
The Story of Lucy Gault by William TrevorNovel2002
Something for the Ghosts by David ConstantinePoetry2002
The Ice Age: A Collection of Poems by Paul FarleyPoetry2002
Voodoo Shop by Ruth PadelPoetry2002
The Beautiful Lie by Sheenagh PughPoetry2002
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin2002
Vermeer: A View of Delft by Anthony BaileyBiography2001
Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson by Adam SismanBiography2001
Selkirk's Island: The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe by Diana SouhamiBiography2001
Flaubert: A Life by Geoffrey WallBiography2001
Artemis Fowl by Eoin ColferChildren's Book2001
Journey to the River Sea by Eva IbbotsonChildren's Book2001
The Lady and the Squire by Terry JonesChildren's Book2001
The Amber Spyglass by Philip PullmanChildren's Book2001
The Oversight by Will EavesFirst Novel2001
Something Like a House by Sid SmithFirst Novel2001
Burning Worm by Carl TigheFirst Novel2001
August by Gerard WoodwardFirst Novel2001
The Siege by Helen DunmoreNovel2001
Atonement by Ian McEwanNovel2001
Oxygen by Andrew MillerNovel2001
Twelve Bar Blues by Patrick NeateNovel2001
The Age of Cardboard and String by Charles BoylePoetry2001
If I Don't Know by Wendy CopePoetry2001
Bunny by Selima HillPoetry2001
Panoramic Lounge Bar by John StammersPoetry2001
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman2001
Fanny Burney: A Biography by Claire HarmanBiography2000
John Ruskin: The Later Years by Tim HiltonBiography2000
Hitler: 1936-1945: Nemesis by Ian KershawBiography2000
Bad Blood: A Memoir by Lorna SageBiography2000
Heaven Eyes by David AlmondChildren's Book2000
The Seeing Stone - Arthur Trilogy, Book One by Kevin Crossley-HollandChildren's Book2000
Coram Boy by Jamila GavinChildren's Book2000
The Wheel of Surya by Jamila GavinChildren's Book2000
Troy by Adèle GerasChildren's Book2000
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel FaberFirst Novel2000
Under the Skin by Michel FaberFirst Novel2000
Danny Boy by Jo-Anne GoodwinFirst Novel2000
Born Free by Laura HirdFirst Novel2000
White Teeth by Zadie SmithFirst Novel2000
Fred and Edie by Jill DawsonNovel2000
What Are You Like? by Anne EnrightNovel2000
When We Were Orphans by Kazuo IshiguroNovel2000
English Passengers by Matthew KnealeNovel2000
How the Dead Live by Will SelfNovel2000
The Asylum Dance by John BurnsidePoetry2000
Conjure by Michael DonaghyPoetry2000
Collected Poems by R. F. LangleyPoetry2000
Floods (Faber Poetry) by Maurice RiordanPoetry2000
Granny Scarecrow by Anne StevensonPoetry2000
English Passengers by Matthew Kneale2000
Berlioz: Volume Two: Servitude and Greatness, 1832-1869 by David CairnsBiography1999
Bruce Chatwin by Nicholas ShakespeareBiography1999
The Unknown Matisse by Hilary SpurlingBiography1999
Meeting Midnight by Carol Ann DuffyChildren's Book1999
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael MorpurgoChildren's Book1999
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. RowlingChildren's Book1999
The Illustrated Mum by Jacqueline WilsonChildren's Book1999
The Great Ideas by Suzanne CleminshawFirst Novel1999
White City Blue by Tim LottFirst Novel1999
Our Fathers by Andrew O'HaganFirst Novel1999
A Foreign Country by Francine StockFirst Novel1999
Being Dead by Jim CraceNovel1999
Headlong by Michael FraynNovel1999
Chocolat by Joanne HarrisNovel1999
Music & Silence by Rose TremainNovel1999
Beowulf by Beowulf PoetPoetry1999
Alcestis by EuripidesPoetry1999
Approximately Nowhere: Poems (Faber Poetry) by Michael HofmannPoetry1999
The Eyes (Faber Poetry) by Don PatersonPoetry1999
Beowulf by Beowulf Poet1999
Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch by John BayleyBiography1998
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda ForemanBiography1998
Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris by Ian KershawBiography1998
Skellig by David AlmondChildren's Book1998
Sweet Clarinet by James RiordanChildren's Book1998
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. RowlingChildren's Book1998
Abomination by Robert SwindellsChildren's Book1998
The Last King of Scotland by Giles FodenFirst Novel1998
Shopping by Gavin KramerFirst Novel1998
The Restraint of Beasts by Magnus MillsFirst Novel1998
Jelly Roll by Luke SutherlandFirst Novel1998
The Catastrophist by Ronan BennettNovel1998
Leading the Cheers by Justin CartwrightNovel1998
The Travelling Hornplayer by Barbara TrapidoNovel1998
The Boy from the Chemist Is Here to See You by Paul FarleyPoetry1998
The Wasting Game by Philip GrossPoetry1998
Birthday Letters by Ted HughesPoetry1998
Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes1998
Violet: The Life and Loves of Violet Gordon Woodhouse by Jessica Douglas-HomeBiography1997
Victor Hugo: A Biography by Graham RobbBiography1997
The Queen of Whale Cay: The Eccentric Story of 'Joe' Carstairs, Fastest Woman on Water by Kate SummerscaleBiography1997
Citizen Lord: The Life of Edward Fitzgerald, Irish Revolutionary by Stella TillyardBiography1997
Hogarth : a life and a world by Jenny UglowBiography1997
Smack by Melvin BurgessChildren's Book1997
Chasing Redbird by Sharon CreechChildren's Book1997
Aquila by Andrew NorrissChildren's Book1997
Harry and the Wrinklies by Alan TemperleyChildren's Book1997
One Day as a Tiger by Anne HavertyFirst Novel1997
The Underground Man by Mick JacksonFirst Novel1997
The Ventriloquist's Tale by Pauline MelvilleFirst Novel1997
Beach Boy by Ardashir VakilFirst Novel1997
Eclipse of the Sun by Phil WhitakerFirst Novel1997
The Untouchable by John BanvilleNovel1997
Quarantine by Jim CraceNovel1997
Grace Notes by Bernard MacLavertyNovel1997
Enduring Love by Ian McEwanNovel1997
Bleeding London by Geoff NicholsonNovel1997
CloudCuckooLand by Simon ArmitagePoetry1997
Tales from Ovid by Ted HughesPoetry1997
Assembling A Ghost (Cape Poetry) by Peter RedgrovePoetry1997
Tales from Ovid by Ted Hughes1997
Thomas Cranmer: A Life by Diarmaid MacCullochBiography1996
The Spirit Level by Seamus HeaneyBook of the Year1996
The Tulip Touch by Anne FineChildren's Book1996
Reading in the Dark by Seamus DeaneFirst Novel1996
The Arizona Game by Georgina HammickFirst Novel1996
The Debt to Pleasure by John LanchesterFirst Novel1996
Mother of Pearl by Mary MorrissyFirst Novel1996
Every Man for Himself by Beryl BainbridgeNovel1996
Cocaine Nights by J. G. BallardNovel1996
Mr Clive and Mr Page by Neil BartlettNovel1996
Asylum by Patrick McGrathNovel1996
Last Orders by Graham SwiftNovel1996
Worst Fears by Fay WeldonNovel1996
The Spirit Level by Seamus HeaneyPoetry1996
Gladstone by Roy JenkinsBiography1995
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate AtkinsonBook of the Year1995
The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael MorpurgoChildren's Book1995
Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate AtkinsonFirst Novel1995
The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman RushdieNovel1995
Gunpowder by Bernard O'DonoghuePoetry1995
D.H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage by Brenda MaddoxBiography1994
Felicia's Journey by William TrevorBook of the Year1994
Gold Dust by Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Book1994
The Longest Memory by Fred D'AguiarFirst Novel1994
Felicia's Journey by William TrevorNovel1994
Out of Danger: Poems by James FentonPoetry1994
Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew MotionBiography1993
Theory of War by Joan BradyBook of the Year1993
Flour Babies by Anne FineChildren's Book1993
Saving Agnes by Rachel CuskFirst Novel1993
Theory of War by Joan BradyNovel1993
Mean Time by Carol Ann DuffyPoetry1993
Anthony Trollope by Victoria GlendinningBiography1992
Swing Hammer Swing! by Jeff TorringtonBook of the Year1992
The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian CrossChildren's Book1992
Swing Hammer Swing! by Jeff TorringtonFirst Novel1992
Poor Things by Alasdair GrayNovel1992
The Gaze of the Gorgon by Tony HarrisonPoetry1992
A Life of Picasso, Volume 1: 1881-1906 by John RichardsonBiography1991
A Life of Picasso, Volume 1: 1881-1906 by John RichardsonBook of the Year1991
Harvey Angell by Diana HendryChildren's Book1991
Alma Cogan by Gordon BurnFirst Novel1991
The Queen of the Tambourine by Jane GardamNovel1991
Gorse Fires by Michael LongleyPoetry1991
A. A. Milne: His Life by Ann ThwaiteBiography1990
Hopeful Monsters by Nicholas MosleyBook of the Year1990
AK by Peter DickinsonChildren's Book1990
The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif KureishiFirst Novel1990
Hopeful Monsters by Nicholas MosleyNovel1990
Daddy, Daddy by Paul DurcanPoetry1990
Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804 by Richard HolmesBiography1989
Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804 by Richard HolmesBook of the Year1989
Why Weeps the Brogan? by Hugh ScottChildren's Book1989
Gerontius by James Hamilton-PatersonFirst Novel1989
The Chymical Wedding by Lindsay ClarkeNovel1989
Shibboleth by Michael DonaghyPoetry1989
Tolstoy by A. N. WilsonBiography1988
The Comforts of Madness by Paul SayerBook of the Year1988
Awaiting Developments by Judy AllenChildren's Book1988
The Comforts of Madness by Paul SayerFirst Novel1988
The Satanic Verses by Salman RushdieNovel1988
The Automatic Oracle (Oxford Paperbacks) by Peter PorterPoetry1988
Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher NolanBiography1987
Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher NolanBook of the Year1987
A Little Lower Than the Angels by Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Book1987
The Other Garden by Francis WyndhamFirst Novel1987
The Child in Time by Ian McEwanNovel1987
The Haw Lantern by Seamus HeaneyPoetry1987
Gilbert White by Richard MabeyBiography1986
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo IshiguroBook of the Year1986
The Coal House by Andrew TaylorChildren's Book1986
Continent by Jim CraceFirst Novel1986
An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo IshiguroNovel1986
Stet by Peter ReadingPoetry1986
Hugh Dalton: A Life by Ben PimlottBiography1985
Elegies by Douglas DunnBook of the Year1985
The Nature of the Beast by Janni HowkerChildren's Book1985
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette WintersonFirst Novel1985
Hawksmoor by Peter AckroydNovel1985
Elegies by Douglas DunnPoetry1985
T.S. Eliot: A Life by Peter AckroydBiography1984
The Queen of the Pharisees' Children by Barbara WillardChildren's Book1984
A Parish of Rich Women by James BuchanFirst Novel1984
Kruger's Alp by Christopher HopeNovel1984
Vita: The Life of V. Sackville-West by Victoria GlendinningBiography1983
King George V by Kenneth RoseBiography1983
The Witches by Roald DahlChildren's Book1983
Flying to nowhere by John FullerFirst Novel1983
Fools of Fortune by William TrevorNovel1983
Bismarck by Edward CrankshawBiography1982
The Song of Pentecost by W. J. CorbettChildren's Book1982
On the Black Hill by Bruce ChatwinFirst Novel1982
Young Shoulders by John WainNovel1982
Monty: The Making of a General : 1887-1942 by Nigel HamiltonBiography1981
The Hollow Land by Jane GardamChildren's Book1981
A Good Man in Africa by William BoydFirst Novel1981
Silver's City by Maurice LeitchNovel1981
On the Edge of Paradise: A.C.Benson the Diarist by David NewsomeBiography1980
John Diamond by Leon GarfieldChildren's Book1980
How Far Can You Go? by David LodgeNovel1980
About Time: An Aspect of Autobiography by Penelope MortimerBiography1979
Tulku by Peter DickinsonChildren's Book1979
The Old Jest by Jennifer JohnstonNovel1979
Lloyd George: The People's Champion 1902-1911 by John GriggBiography1978
Bubble and Squeak by Philippa PearceChildren's Book1978
Picture Palace by Paul TherouxNovel1978
Mary Curzon by Nigel NicolsonBiography1977
No End to Yesterday by Shelagh MacdonaldChildren's Book1977
Injury Time by Beryl BainbridgeNovel1977
Elizabeth Gaskell: A Biography by Winifred GerinBiography1976
A Stitch in Time by Penelope LivelyChildren's Book1976
The Children of Dynmouth by William TrevorNovel1976
In our infancy : an autobiography by Helen CorkeBiography1975
Improbable Puritan: Life of Bulstrode Whitelocke, 1605-75 by Ruth SpaldingFirst Book1975
Docherty by William McIlvanneyNovel1975
Poor Dear Brendan: Quest for Brendan Bracken by Andrew BoyleBiography1974
How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen by Russell HobanChildren's Book1974
The Emperor's Winding Sheet by Jill Paton WalshChildren's Book1974
The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft by Claire TomalinFirst Book1974
The Sacred and Profane Love Machine by Iris MurdochNovel1974
CB: A life of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman by John WilsonBiography1973
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast by William PlomerChildren's Book1973
The Chip-chip Gatherers by Shiva NaipaulNovel1973
Anthony Trollope by James Pope-HennessyBiography1972
The Diddakoi by Rumer GoddenChildren's Book1972
The Bird of Night by Susan HillNovel1972
Henrik Ibsen: The Making of a Dramatist 1828-1864 by Michael Leverson MeyerBiography1971
The Destiny Waltz by Gerda CharlesNovel1971
Mercian Hymns by Geoffrey HillPoetry1971

Descriptions

From 1971 to 2021 the Costa Book award was one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognised 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. The 2021 Costa Book Awards held in February 2022 was our 50th and final awards.

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