Launched in 1971, the Costa Coffee’s Book Awards celebrate the most enjoyable books of the year by writers resident in the UK & Ireland.
Uniquely, the prize has five categories- First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book- with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the year and each category is judged separately by a panel of three judges per category. The Costa Book of the Year is chosen by a nine-member panel which includes representatives from the original panels who are joined by other well known people who love reading.
Books of the year have included ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Nigh-Time’ by Mark Haddon, ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ by Kate Atkinson and ‘The Amber Spyglass’ by Philip Pullman.
Click here to view this years shortlist.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday 28th January 2020.