A separate competition from the main category and overall award, the Costa Book Awards Short Story program uses public voting to choose its winner.
The Costa Book Awards, one of the UK’s key annual book prize programs, announces its five category winners. One title of this group will be named the overall winner on January 28.
The Costa Book of the Year prize goes to its biography category winner, a tale of the Dutch Nazi resistance by Bart van Es.
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.’