Shortlist for the 2020 Costa Book Awards is out, and the winners will be declared on January 04, 2021. The prestigious prize is awarded in five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Book. The Costa Book Awards, established in 1971, celebrates the most enjoyable books penned by writers from the UK and Ireland.
The award has grown to become one of the elite literary prizes in the United Kingdom. As the name suggests, the award is sponsored by the UK’s famous coffee brand, Costa Coffee. The award was earlier known as Whitbread Book Awards, until Costa Coffee, Whitbread’s subsidiary, took over the sponsorship in 2012.
Each of five winners from the categories will receive prize money of £5,000. However, the panel of judges will also choose the best book among the five winners, which will then be declared as the Costa Book of the Year. The winner of the Costa Book of the Year will get additional prize money of £30,000.
In 2012, Cost Book Awards introduced a separate award for short stories, though the finalists remain anonymous until the conclusion. Prize money for the winner is £3,000, and £1,500 & £500 for the second and the third place respectively. The winning short story, however, cannot be the Book of the Year.
Michelle Gallen – Big Girl, Small Town
Sairish Hussain – The Family Tree
Ingrid Persaud – Love After Love
Karen Raney – All the Water in the World
Susanna Clarke – Piranesi
Tim Finch – Peace Talks
Denise Mina – The Less Dead
Monique Roffey – The Mermaid of Black Conch: A Love Story
Julian Barnes – The Man in the Red Coat
Rachel Clarke – Dear Life
Lee Lawrence – The Louder I Will Sing
Jeff Young – Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadow Play
Caroline Bird – The Air Year
Eavan Boland – The Historians
Rachel Long – My Darling from the Lions
Martha Sprackland – Citadel
Darren Charlton – Wranglestone
Natasha Farrant – Voyage of the Sparrowhawk
Jenny Pearson – The Super Miraculous Journey
Meg Rosoff – The Great Godden
First Novel – Eric Karl Anderson, Jill Dawson, Debbie James
Novel – Poorna Bell, Sadie Jones, Iain Rushworth
Biography – Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough, Sumit Paul-Choudhury, Horatio Clare
Poetry – Zaffar Kunial, Tristam Fane Saunders, Leah Wikins
Children’s Book – Patrice Lawrence, John McLay, Alex O’Connell
Short Story – Sarah Franklin, Joe Haddow, Adele Parks, Simon Trewin, Kit de Waal
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