The Costa Book Awards is one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and the only major book award that is open solely to writers living in the UK and Ireland. The prize has five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. The five winners in each category, which will be announced on 3rd January, will receive £5,000. The overall winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year will receive £30,000 and will be announced on 31st January 2017.

2016 Costa Novel Awardcosta-book-awards-novel

  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber & Faber)
  • This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press)
  • The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry (Serpent’s Tail)
  • The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain (Chatto & Windus)

My Pick: The Gustav Sonata/This Must Be the Place

2016 Costa First Novel Awardcosta-book-awards-first-novel

  • The Good Guy by Susan Beale (John Murray)
  • My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal (Viking)
  • The Words in My Hand by Guinevere Glasfurd (Two Roads)
  • Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Faber & Faber)

My Pick: My Name is Leon

2016 Costa Biography Awardcosta-book-awards-biography

  • Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew (Chatto & Windus)
  • Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years by John Guy (Viking)
  • The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land In Between by Hisham Matar (Viking)
  • I’m Not With the Band: A Writer’s Life Lost in Music by Sylvia Patterson (Sphere)

My Pick: The Return

2016 Costa Poetry Awardcosta-book-awards-poetry

  • Sunshine by Melissa Lee-Houghton (Penned in the Margins)
  • Falling Awake by Alice Oswald (Jonathan Cape Poetry)
  • Say Something Back by Denise Riley (Picador)
  • Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest (Picador)

My Pick: Let Them Eat Chaos

2016 Costa Children’s Book Awardcosta-book-awards-childrens

  • The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan (Bloomsbury)
  • Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • The Monstrous Child by Francesca Simon (Faber & Faber/Profile Books)
  • Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

My Pick: The Bombs That Brought Us Together

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