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.
It’s book awards time in the UK! The five Costa Book Awards were all won by women writers, while Queen Elizabeth’s New Years Honours List included several authors.