Friday, 21 November 2008

Costas shortlist

Another competition for books, none of which I have read (yet) I do like that the Costas pitch different types of writing against each other.

The winners of the five categories will compete for the overall prize. Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won eight times by a novel, four times by a first novel, five times by a biography, five times by a collection of poetry and once by a children's book. Is it time for another children's book?

Biography Award
Somewhere Towards The End, Diana Athill
Bloomsbury Ballerina, Judith Mackrell
If You Don't Know Me By Now, Sathnam Sanghera
Chagall, Jackie Wullschlager

Novel Award
The Secret Scripture, Sebastian Barry
The Other Hand, Chris Cleave
A Partisan's Daughter, Louis de Bernières
Trauma, Patrick McGrath

First Novel Award
The Behaviour Of Moths, Poppy Adams
The Outcast, Sadie Jones
Inside The Whale, Jennie Rooney
Child 44, Tom Rob Smith

Poetry Award
For All We Know, Ciaran Carson
The Broken Word, Adam Foulds
Sunday At The Skin Launderette, Kathryn Simmonds
Salvation Jane, Greta Stoddart

Children's Book Award
Ostrich Boys, Keith Gray
The Carbon Diaries 2015, Saci Lloyd
Just Henry, Michelle Magorian
Broken Soup, Jenny Valentine


Anonymous said...

Thank you for the list, it is enjoyable when blogs give information that is useful.


Emerging Writer said...

Thanks AJ. I do wonder whether I should be posting news that's available widely ...but sometimes people may have missed it so here it is again. Read any?