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Costa Category Shortlists 2016

Article published on December 21, 2016.


So here we go again . . .
Novel Award

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)


First Novel Award

The Good Guy by Susan Beale (John Murray)

My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal (Viking) Laura

The Words in My Hand
by Guinevere Glasfurd (Two Roads)

Golden Hill by Francis Spufford (Faber & Faber)


Biography Award

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)


Poetry Award

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)


Children’s Book Award

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)


COSTA 2016: The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry


Hot Season by Susan DeFreitas

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