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Costa Book Awards (former Whitbread Book Awards)
The Costa Book Awards are among the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary awards, given to books by authors based in the United Kingdom and Ireland. They were known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2005, after which Costa Coffee, a subsidiary of Whitbread, took over sponsorship. From the category winners, one book is chosen as the Costa Book of the Year. They were launched in 1971, are given both for high literary merit but also for works that are enjoyable reading and whose aim is to convey the enjoyment of reading to the widest possible audience.


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different awards: book of the year | novel | biography | poetry | children's book

 

feather Book of the Year

 

2016  Days Without End - Sebastian Barry - first novelist to win the Costa Book of the Year award twice (announced January 31, 2017)

2015  The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge

2014  H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

2013  The Shock of the Fall - Nathan Filer

2012  Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel

2011  Pure - Andrew Miller
2010  The Hand That First Held Mine - Maggie O’Farrell

 

2009  A Scattering - Christopher Reid
2008  The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
2007  Day - A. L. Kennedy
2006  The Tenderness of Wolves - Stef Penney
2005  Matisse the Master - Hilary Spurling
2004  Small Island - Andrea Levy
2003  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
2002  Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self - Claire Tomalin
2001  The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials, Book III - Philip Pullman
2000  English Passengers - Matthew Kneale

 

1999  Beowulf: A New Verse Translation - Seamus Heaney
1998  Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters - Erica Wagner
1997  Tales from Ovid - Ted Hughes
1996  The Spirit Level - Seamus Heaney
1995  Behind the Sciences at the Museum - Kate Atkinson
1994  Felicia's Journey - William Trevor
1993  Theory of War - Joan Brady
1992  Poor Things - Alasdair Gray
1991  The Queen of the Tambourine - Jane Gardam
1990  Hopeful Monsters - Nicholas Mosley

 

1989  Coleridge Volume 1 Early Visions 1772 1804 - Richard Holmes
1988  Comforts of Madness - Paul Sayer
1987  Under the Eye of the Clock: The Life Story of Christopher Nolan - Christopher Nolan
1986  An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
1985  Hawksmoor - Peter Ackroyd
1984  Kruger's Alp - Christopher Hope
1983  Fools of Fortune - William Trevor
1982  Young Shoulders - John Wain
1981  Silver's City - Maurice Leitch
1980  How Far Can You Go - David Lodge

 

1979  The Old Jest - Jennifer Johnston
1978  Picture Palace - Paul Theroux
1977  Injury Time - Beryl Bainbridge
1976  The Children of Dynmouth - William Trevor
1975  Docherty - William McIlvanney
1974  The Sacred and Profane Love Machine - Iris Murdoch
1973  The Chip-chip Gatherers - Shiva Naipaul

feather Novel

 

2015  A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson

2014  How To Be Both - Ali Smith 

2013  Life After Life - Kate Atkinson

2012  Bring up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel 

2011  Pure - Andrew Miller

2010 The Hand That First Held Mine - Maggie O'Farrell

 

2009  Brooklyn - Colm Toibin
2008  The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry
2007  Day - A. L. Kennedy
2006  Restless - William Boyd
2005  The Accidental - Ali Smith
2004  Small Island - Andrea Levy
2003  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
2002  Spies - Michael Frayn
2001  Twelve Bar Blues - Patrick Neate
2000  English Passengers - Matthew Kneale

 

1999  Music and Silence - Rose Tremain
1998  Leading the Cheers - Justin Cartwright
1997  Quarantine - Jim Crace
1996  Every Man for Himself - Beryl Bainbridge
1995  The Moor's Last Sigh - Salman Rushdie
1994  Felicia's Journey - William Trevor
1993  Theory of War - Joan Brady
1992  Poor Things - Alasdair Gray
1991  The Queen of the Tambourine - Jane Gardam
1990  Hopeful Monsters - Nicholas Mosley

 

1989  The Chymical Wedding - Lindsay Clarke
1988  The Satanic Verses - Salman Rushdie
1987  The Child in Time - Ian McEwan
1986  An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro
1985  Hawksmoor - Peter Ackroyd
1984  Kruger's Alp - Christopher Hope
1983  Fools of Fortune - William Trevor
1982  Young Shoulders - John Wain
1981  Silver's City - Maurice Leitch
1980  How Far Can You Go? - David Lodge

 

1979  The Old Jest - Jennifer Johnston
1978  Picture Palace - Paul Theroux
1977  Injury Time - Beryl Bainbridge
1976  The Children of Dynmouth - William Trevor
1975  Docherty - William McIlvanney
1974  The Sacred & Profane Love Machine - Iris Murdoch
1973  The Chip-Chip Gatherers - Shiva Naipaul
1972  The Bird of Night - Susan Hill
1971  The Destiny Waltz - Gerda Charles


feather Biography

 

2015  The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, The Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf

2014  H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

2013  The Pike - Lucy Hughes-Hallet

2012  Dotter of Her Father's Eyes - Mary Talbot & Bryan Talbot

2011  Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas - Matthew Hollis

2010  The Hare With Amber Eyes - Edmund de Waal

 

2009  The Strangest Man - Graham Farmelo
2008  Somewhere Towards the End - Diana Athill
2007  Young Stalin - Simon Sebag Montefiore
2006  Keeping Mum - Brian Thompson
2005  Matisse the Master - Hilary Spurling
2004  My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots - John Guy
2003  Orwell: The Life - D. J. Taylor
2002  Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self - Claire Tomalin
2001  Selkirk's Island - Diana Souhami
2000  Bad Blood: A Memoir - Lorna Sage

 

1999 Berlioz Volume Two: Servitude and Greatness -  David Cairns
1998  Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire - Amanda Foreman
1997  Victor Hugo - Graham Robb
1996  Thomas Cranmer: A Life - Diarmaid MacCulloch
1995  Gladstone - Roy Jenkins
1994  D.H. Lawrence: The Married Man - Brenda Maddox
1993  Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life - Andrew Motion
1992  Trollope - Victoria Glendinning
1991  A Life of Picasso - John Richardson
1990  A.A. Milne: His Life - Ann Thwaite

 

1989  Coleridge: Early Visions - Richard Holmes
1988  Tolstoy - A. N. Wilson
1987  Under the Eye of the Clock - Christopher Nolan
1986  Gilbert White - Richard Mabey
1985  Hugh Dalton - Ben Pimlott
1984  T.S. Eliot - Peter Ackroyd
1983  Vita - Victoria Glendinning
         King George V - Kenneth Rose
1982  Bismarck - Edward Crankshaw
1981  Monty: The Making of a General - Nigel Hamilton
1980  On the Edge of Paradise: A C Benson the Diarist - David Newsome

 

1979  About Time - Penelope Mortimer
1978  Lloyd George: The People's Champion - John Grigg
1977  Mary Curzon - Nigel Nicolson
1976  Elizabeth Gaskell - Winifred Gerin
1975  In Our Infancy - Helen Corke
1974  Poor Dear Brendan - Andrew Boyle
1973  CB: A Life of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman - John Wilson
1972  Anthony Trollope - James Pope-Hennessy
1971  Mercian Hymn - Geoffrey Hill


feather Poetry

 

2015  40 Sonnets - Don Paterson

2014  My Family and Other Superheroes - Jonathan Edwards

2013  Drysalter - Michael Symmons Roberts

2012  The Overhaul- Kathleen Jamie

2011  The Bees - Carol Ann Duffy

2010  Of Matability - Jo Shapcott

 

2009  A Scattering - Christopher Reid
2008  The Broken Word - Adam Foulds
2007  Tilt - Jean Sprackland
2006  Letter to Patience - John Haynes
2005  Cold Calls - Christopher Logue
2004  Corpus - Michael Symmons Roberts
2003  Landing Light - Don Paterson
2002  The Ice Age - Paul Farley
2001  Bunny - Selima Hill
2000  The Asylum Dance - John Burnside

 

1999  Beowulf - Seamus Heaney
1998  Birthday Letters - Ted Hughes
1997  Tales from Ovid - Ted Hughes
1996  The Spirit Level - Seamus Heaney
1995  Gunpowder - Bernard O’Donoghue
1994  Out of Danger - James Fenton
1993  Mean Time - Carol Ann Duffy
1992  The Gaze of the Gorgon - Tony Harrison
1991  Gorse Fires - Michael Longley
1990  Daddy, Daddy - Paul Durcan

 

1989  Shibboleth - Michael Donaghy
1988  The Automatic Oracle - Peter Porter
1987  The Haw Lantern - Seamus Heaney
1986  Stet - Peter Reading
1985  Elegies - Douglas Dunn
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1981    no award
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1972    no award
1971   Mercian Hymn - Geoffrey Hill


feather Children's Book

 

2015  The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge

2014  Kate Saunders, Five Children on the Western Front

2013  Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse - Chris Riddell

2012  Maggot Moon - Sally Gardner

2011  Blood Red Road - Moira Young

2010  Out of Shadows - Jason Wallace

 

2009  The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, Book Two) - Patrick Ness
2008  Just Henry - Michelle Magorian
2007  The Bower Bird - Ann Kelley
2006  Set in Stone - Linda Newbery
2005  The New Policeman - Kate Thompson
2004  Not the End of the World - Geraldine McCaughrean
2003  The Fire-Eaters - David Almond
2002  Saffy's Angel - Hilary McKay
2001  The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
2000  Coram Boy - Jamila Gavin

 

1999  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J. K. Rowling
1998  Skellig - David Almond
1997  Aquila - Andrew Norriss
1996  The Tulip Touch - Anne Fine
1995  The Wreck of the Zanzibar - Michael Morpurgo
1994  Gold Dust - Geraldine McCaughrean
1993  Flour Babies - Anne Fine
1992  The Great Elephant Chase - Gillian Cross
1991  Harvey Angell - Diana Hendry
1990  AK  - Peter Dickinson

 

1989  Why Weeps the Brogan? - Hugh Scott
1988  Awaiting Developments - Judy Allen
1987  A Little Lower than the Angels - Geraldine McCaughrean
1986  The Coal House - Andrew Taylor
1985  The Nature of the Beast - Janni Howker
1984  The Queen of the Pharisees' Children - Barbara Willard
1983  The Witches -  Roald Dahl
1982  The Song of Pentecost - W J Corbett
1981  The Hollow Land -  Jane Gardam
1980  John Diamond - Leon Garfield

 

1979  Tulku - Peter Dickinson
1978  The Battle of Bubble & Squeak - Philippa Pearce
1977  No End to Yesterday - Shelagh Macdonald
1976  A Stitch in Time - Penelope Lively
1975       no award
1974  How Tom Beat Captain Najork & His Hired Sportsmen - Russell Hoban & Quentin Blake
         The Emperor's Winding Sheet - Jill Paton Walsh
1973  The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast - Alan Aldridge & William Plomer
1972  The Diddakoi Rumer Godden



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