Thursday, November 22, 2012

2012 Costa Book Awards Shortlists

On Tuesday evening Costa announced the shortlists for the 2012 Costa Book Awards in the five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book - published in the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.  With 550 entries and fifteen judges the winners in each category, will be announced on 2nd January, and the overall winner will be announced on 29th January. The winner of the inaugural Costa Short Story Award, shortlist announced 27th November and voted for by the public, will also be announced on that date.

2012 Costa Novel Award shortlist
Hilary Mantel- Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)[Man Booker Prize Winner]
Stephen May- Life! Death! Prizes! (Bloomsbury)
James Meek- The Heart Broke In (Canongate)
Joff Winterhart- Days of the Bagnold Summer (Jonathan Cape)[Graphic Novel]

2012 Costa First Novel Award shortlist
J W Ironmonger - The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Jess Richards - Snake Ropes (Sceptre)
Francesca Segal - The Innocents (Chatto & Windus)
Benjamin Wood - The Bellwether Revivals (Simon & Schuster)

2012 Costa Biography Award shortlist 
Artemis Cooper Patrick Leigh-Fermor: An Adventure (John Murray)
Selina Guinness The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family (Penguin Ireland)
Kate Hubbard - Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household (Chatto & Windus)
Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot - Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes (Jonathan Cape) [Graphic Memoir]

2012 Costa Poetry Award shortlist
Sean Borodale -Bee Journal (Jonathan Cape)[Debut Poet]
Julia Copus -The World’s Two Smallest Humans (Faber and Faber)
Selima Hill -People Who Like Meatballs (Bloodaxe Books)
Kathleen Jamie -The Overhaul (Picador)

Good luck to all the nominees. This is always a good book selection, last years winner being a great read, Pure by Andrew Miller, an atmospheric novel of late eighteenth century Paris when the overflowing cemetery needs demolishing and the bones to be relocated. I reviewed Selina Guinness's excellent memoir The Crocodile by the Door earlier this month and I wish her the best of luck.

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