Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Costa Book Awards 2009

The Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books - published in the last year by writers in five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book based in the UK and Ireland. This year's Costa Book Awards attracted 592 entries - the second highest-ever number of submissions in one year.

2 02009 Costa Novel Award short list
Penelope Lively for Family Album (Fig Tree)
Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate)
Christopher Nicholson for The Elephant Keeper (Fourth Estate)
Colm Toib?n for Brooklyn (Viking)

2009 Costa First Novel Award shortlist
Rachel Heath for The Finest Type of English Womanhood (Hutchinson)
Peter Murphy for John the Revelator (Faber and Faber)
Raphael Selbourne for Beauty (Tindal Street Press)
Ali Shaw for The Girl with Glass Feet (Atlantic Books)

2009 Costa Biography Award shortlist
Graham Farmelo for The Strangest Man - The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Quantum Genius (Faber and Faber)
William Fiennes for The Music Room (Picador)
Simon Gray for Coda (Co-published by Granta Books and Faber and Faber)
Caroline Moorehead for Dancing to the Precipice (Chatto & Windus)

2009 Costa Poetry Award shortlist
Clive James for Angels Over Elsinore (Picador Poetry)
Katharine Kilalea for One Eyed Leigh (Carcanet)
Ruth Padel for Darwin: A Life in Poems (Chatto & Windus)
Christopher Reid for A Scattering (Arete Books)

2009 Costa Childrens Book Award shortlist
Siobhan Dowd for Solace of the Road (David Fickling Books)
Mary Hoffman for Troubadour (Bloomsbury)
Patrick Ness for The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking: Book Two) (Walker Books)
Anna Perera for Guantanamo Boy (Puffin)


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