The winners of the various categories in the Costa Book Awards were announced in the UK overnight.
The winner in each category receives £5,000. From these category winners the Costa Book of the Year 2011 will be chosen, the winner receiving a further £30,000. The Costa Book of the Year 2011 will be announced on 24th January 2012.
Costa Biography Award
- Now All Roads Lead to France : the last years of Edward Thomas by Matthew Hollis ~ an account of the last five years of the life of author Edward Thomas and his friendship with poet Robert Frost and his decision to fight in WWI
- Judges comments: “dramatic and engrossing“
Costa Novel Award
- Pure by Andrew Miller ~ set in Paris 1785
- Judges comments: Created a “structurally and stylistically flawless historical novel”
Costa First Novel Award
- Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson ~ this first novel by children’s nurse Watson is set in the Niger Delta.
- Judges comments: “readability and literary merit go hand in hand in this vibrant gem of a novel.”
Costa Poetry Award
- The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy ~ Carol Ann Duffy is the Poet Laureate in Britain.
- Judges comments: “We were thrilled by the poet’s musical feeling for language and her spellbinding ability to combine naturalness and formal complexity. It’s a joyful collection.”
Costa Children’s Book Award
- Blood Red Road by Moira Young ~ currently being adapted for film.
You can read about the Costa Book Award 2011 shortlist here.