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Costa Book Awards

Costa Book Awards

The winners of the Costa Book Awards were announced last night at Quaglino’s in central London.

The awards began in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards. From 1985 until 2006, they were known as the Whitbread Book Awards. When Costa Coffee took over in 2006 the name was changed.

Prizes are awarded in five categories. The winner in each of the categories receives £5,000. One of these five books is selected as the Book of the Year and receives an additional £30,000.

Here is what the judges had to say about the winners:

Costa Novel Award

Maggie O’Farrell, The Hand That First Held Mine (Headline Review)

“A book of grand themes and intimate moments. This gripping novel is the one we’d unreservedly recommend.”

Costa First Novel Award

Kishwar Desai, Witness the Night (Beautiful Books)

“We were thrilled and exhilarated by this stunning debut. Just like her feisty main character, Desai has fearlessly blown the lid on the problems that simmer under the surface of modern- day India.”

Costa Biography Award

Edmund de Waal, The Hare With Amber Eyes (Chatto & Windus)

“A truly special book. De Waal is a first-class potter and has proven himself with this book to be a first-class writer – he’s able to handle a very serious subject with a delicacy, charm and touch that is rare.”

Costa Poetry Award

Jo Shapcott, Of Mutability (Faber and Faber)

“These strong poems are rooted in the poet’s experience of breast cancer but are all about life, hope and play. Fizzing with variety, they are a paean to creativity and make the reader feel that what matters to us all is imagination, humanity and a smile.”

Costa Children’s Book Award

Jason Wallace, Out of Shadows (Andersen Press)

“For us, this extraordinary debut novel was a unanimous winner. This compelling portrayal of a nation in crisis gripped us from start to finish and has stayed with us since.”

The Costa Book of the Year Award went to Jo Shapcott for Of Mutability, her first new work in over a decade.

“These strong poems are rooted in the poet’s experience of breast cancer but are all about life, hope and play. Fizzing with variety, they are a paean to creativity and make the reader feel that what matters to us all is imagination, humanity and a smile.”

Congratulations to all.

David Isaacson
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