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Costa Book Awards 2018

January 7, 2019 | Blog > Shortlists > Costa Book Awards 2018

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It’s that time again – the Costa Book Award 2018 category winners have been announced! There are five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Book. An overall winner across the categories will be chosen on January 29th.

The Costa Book Awards, which have been running since 1971 to honour outstanding books written each year by authors based in the UK and Ireland. This year’s category winners are…

First novel

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Stuart Turton

In Turton’s debut, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed … Again. Murder mystery meets Groundhog Day; this novel is fiendishly clever and an exhilarating read. An outstanding debut!

Novel

Normal People

Sally Rooney

An exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.

Biography

The Cut Out Girl

Bart van Es

Bart es Van tells the story of Lien, a Jewish girl who was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Bart van Es’s account is a searing exploration of two lives and two families. It is a story about love and misunderstanding and about the ways that our most painful experiences – so crucial in defining us – can also be redefined.

Poetry

Assurances

J.O. Morgan

Assurances is an intimate, dramatic work for many voices: lyrical, anxious, fragmentary and terrifying; a poem about the nuclear stalemate, the deterrent that is still in place today: how it works and how it might fail, and what will vanish if it does.

Children's Book

The Skylarks’ War

Hilary McKay

The Skylarks’ War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War One, from the award-winning Hilary McKay.

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