>The Costa Book Awards (initially known as the Whitbread Literary Awards between 1971 and 2006) is one of the most prestigious British literary prizes for writers based in the UK and Ireland. There are 5 categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. One of these five books is then selected as the overall winner of the Book of the Year. The Costa Book Awards is the only literary prize which places children’s books alongside adult books.
Since 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres including The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson, The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman, Beowulf by Seamus Heaney, Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes, Small Island by Andrea Levy, The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney, Day by A.L. Kennedy’s Day and The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry.
Here are the shortlisted books for 2009 in each category :
• Coda by Simon Gray (the library has this on order at time of posting) • Dancing to the Precipice by Caroline Moorehead
(the library has this on order at time of posting) • One Eye’d Leigh by Katharine Kilalea (the library has this on order at time of posting) • Darwin: A Life in Poems by Ruth Padel • A Scattering by Christopher Reid (the library has this on order at time of posting)
The award winners in each category will be announced in London on 5th January 2010 and the Book of the Year winner will be announced on 26th January 2010.