One of the last literary awards of the year is the Costa Book Awards. These awards, launched in 1971, honour the outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children's Book. One of the five winning books is eventually selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year. It is the only prize which places children's books alongside adult books in this way.
The shortlists were announced this past week. In the Fiction category, there are four books:
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
The Green Road by Anne Enright
A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale
At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison
In the First Novel category, there are also four books:
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh
For information about all the categories, books, and authors, check out http://www.costa.co.uk/media/364247/combined-pdfs-v2.pdf.
The category winners will be announced on January 4, 2016; the Costa Book of the Year will be named on January 26, 2016.