The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and which, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book - published in the last year.
The five winning authors who will now compete for the 2017 Costa Book of the Year are:
- Gail Honeyman scoops the Costa First Novel Award for her acclaimed debut, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
- Jon McGregor triumphs in the Costa Novel Award category with his fourth novel, Reservoir 13
- Novelist and historian Rebecca Stott claims the Costa Biography Award for In The Days of Rain, her memoir of growing up in, and breaking away from, a fundamentalist Christian sect
- The late Helen Dunmore posthumously wins the Costa Poetry Award for Inside the Wave which the judges called ‘a final, great achievement’
- The Costa Children’s Book Award is won by Katherine Rundell for The Explorer, an adventure story set in the Amazon rainforest
The winner, to be selected by a panel of judges chaired by novelist Wendy Holden and comprising authors and category judges Moniza Alvi, Simon Garfield, Freya North, Sophie Raworth and Piers Torday, joined by Contributing Editor, British Vogue, Laura Bailey, author and presenter, Fern Britton and actor Art Malik, will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by presenter and broadcaster Penny Smith at Quaglino’s in central London on Tuesday 30th January 2018.
For more information, please contact Emma Kaye, TVC Group firstname.lastname@example.org