The Costa Book Awards (previously the Whitbread Book Awards) category winners have been announced. One winner is selected in each of five categories: Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. The Category Award Winners are:
2008 Costa Novel Award Winner: The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry [also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year – we have this in the library]
2008 Costa First Novel Award Winner: The Outcast by Sadie Jones [also shortlisted for last year’s Orange Broadband Prize]
2008 Costa Biography Award Winner: Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill [the sixth in a series of her memoirs]
2008 Costa Poetry Award Winner: The Broken Word by Adam Foulds
2008 Costa Children’s Book Award Winner: Just Henry by Michelle Magorian
One of these books will be chosen as the overall Costa Book of the Year on 27 January.
Last year’s overall winner was Day by Scottish author and stand-up comedian A L Kennedy, about a former RAF prisoner-of-war returning to Germany to confront his demons.
More details on the books and lists of all previous winners are on the Costa website and read, for instance:
The Guardian – Nonagenarian Diana Athill leads Costa book award winners
The Independent – Unflinching Athill lands Costa book award at 91
Financial Times – Irish love story wins book award
The Daily Telegraph – Costa Book Award: Diana Athill, 91, wins award for account of old age