Costa book awards shortlists 2016

The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of...

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Falling Awake

Falling Awake

Alice Oswald

Mutability - a sense that all matter is unstable in the face of mortality - is at the heart of this new collection and each poem is involved in that drama: the held tension that is embodied life, and life's losing struggle with...

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Say Something Back

Say Something Back

Denise Riley

The stunning new collection from one of England's finest and most philosophical contemporary poets.

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Let Them Eat Chaos: Mercury Prize Shortlisted

Let Them Eat Chaos: Mercury Prize Shortlisted

Kae Tempest

Kate Tempest's powerful new narrative poem - set to music on her album of the same title - illuminates the lives of a single city street, creating an electric, humming human symphony.

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The Monstrous Child

The Monstrous Child

Francesca Simon

Features Hel, an ordinary teenager - and goddess of the Underworld. Why is life so unfair? But Hel tries to make the best of it, creating gleaming halls in her dark kingdom and welcoming the dead who she is forced to host for...

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Orangeboy

Orangeboy

Patrice Lawrence

A young man has an impossible choice to make, in this powerful urban story that will challenge preconceptions and melt the hardest heart.

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 Read reviewTime Travelling with a Hamster

Time Travelling with a Hamster

Ross Welford

A truly original debut novel from an extraordinarily talented new voice in children's books. Laugh, cry and wonder at this race-against-time story of a boy who travels back to 1984 to prevent a go-kart accident, and save his...

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