Costa Book Awards 2015

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The category shortlists were announced on 17 November and the individual category winners will be announced on 4 January: they each win £5,000. The overall winner (who will receive £30,000) will be announced on 26 January 2016.

Novel Award

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

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The Green Road by Anne enright

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A Place Called Winter by Patrick Gale

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In the early years of the 20th Century, Harry Cane is a man bound by duty and the constraints of society. Exiled to Canada, he finds himself amongst the barren landscapes and harsh winters, and encounters a happiness that is only threatened by the rapidly approaching war, and the machinations of an evil man. In his first real foray into historical fiction, Gale uses the Canadian plains as the backdrop to a stunning new novel. The characters leap off the page and dive well into the mind, making this not only on a par with his contemporary novels, but easily one of his finest. Full review...

At Hawthorn Time by Melissa Harrison

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First Novel Award

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

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Every Tuesday he goes into town. This particular Tuesday he sees an advert for a rescue dog that's been badly treated by its previous owner. Somewhere the ad strikes a resonance and he adopts the dog, calling it Oneeye (yes, one word, just like that). Gradually over shared meals a friendship grows and develops over the seasons as the spill of spring turns to summer's simmer, through the falter of autumn and on to withering winter. Full review...

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

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Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh

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The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

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It's always a privilege when you're given an advance reading copy of something – and a real 'block' when you read the small print that says 'not for resale or quotation'. Fair comment on the resale bit, but when you get something as brilliant as The Loney being required not to quote is just plain unfair. Full review...

Biography Award

The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding

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John Aubrey: My Own Life by Ruth Scurr

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Poetry Award

Physical by Andrew McMillan

The Observances by Kate Miller

40 Sonnets by Don Paterson

Talking Dead by Neil Rollinson


Children's Book Award

Sophie Someone by Hayley Long

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The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

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Fans of Frances Hardinge will be familiar with the eerie, unreal atmosphere of her books. Mysteries lurk in the shadows, perplexing and sometimes menacing her characters, and the strange and the banal jostle each other for space on the page. A world both familiar and outlandish is offered to us, where once again a fallible but endearing heroine battles forces which threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. Full review...

An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls

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Meet Holly. She lives, with her older brother and, er, shall we say demanding younger brother, in a flat above a London chippy. That's right – no parents around, as all three are orphans. Older brother Jonathan sacrificed uni to be their legal guardian, so is ostensibly their carer as well as sibling, which means that welfare and what he earns being a grease monkey in a corner café is all they live on. Times, therefore, are hard. But twelve year old Holly does have a straw to clutch on to – their eccentric aunt may have bequeathed them her antique jewellery collection. But what is going to make that a search for one exact straw in a haystack is that nobody knows where it may be… Full review...

Jessica's Ghost by Andrew Norriss

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