The acclaimed young Irish author Sally Rooney is the winner of the 2018 Costa Book Prize in the novel category. The overall Costa Book of the Year is to be named January 29.
The Costa Book Awards for 2018 drew a record 641 entries across the program’s five categories. In January, the five category winners will be announced, followed by the overall winner’s ceremony.
For a second time in its 46-year life, the Costa Book Award’s chief honor is a posthumous award, the jury chair calling Helen Dunmore’s ‘Inside the Wave’ poetry collection ‘a modern classic.’
Now in line for the overall Costa Book of the Year award–to be announced January 30–the five Costa category winners include three titles from HarperCollins UK imprints.
Ireland’s Sebastian Barry, already a two-time Costa winner, may be on track again for the program’s Book of the Year at the end of the month.
Two-thirds of the shortlisted candidates in the UK’s Costa Book Awards are women. And three in one category are former winners.
The notion that ‘a biographical approach is somehow a peculiarly female pursuit’ dogs the conversation around Andrea Wulf’s ‘The Invention of Nature.’
For the second time in its history, the Costa Awards has chosen a children’s book as its book of the year: The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge.
Five top UK authors, including Kate Atkinson and Lucy Hughes-Hallet, are in competition for the Costa Book of the Year.
The shortlist for this year’s Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals — among the UK’s top prizes for children’s literature — includes several previous award-winners, making for stiff competition.
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