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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The Good Guy: A deeply compelling novel about love and marriage set in 1960s suburban America

The Good Guy: A deeply compelling novel about love and marriage set in 1960s suburban America

Susan Beale

A brilliant first novel about love, marriage and self-deception

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Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory

Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory

Keggie Carew

Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer, a law unto himself. As a member of an elite SOE unit he was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerrilla resistance in France, then Burma, in the Second World War. But his...

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I'm Not with the Band: A Writer's Life Lost in Music

I’m Not with the Band: A Writer’s Life Lost in Music

Sylvia Patterson

The hilarious, frank and fearless memoir of Sylvia Patterson - one of Britain's best and most influential music writers

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The Words In My Hand: Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2016

The Words In My Hand: Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2016

Guinevere Glasfurd

A young servant girl desperate to learn. An ambitious philosopher in search of the truth. A story lost from history. Set against the backdrop of the Scientific Revolution, a time of change but also of great danger, The Words In My...

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My Name Is Leon

My Name Is Leon

Kit De Waal

Evoking a Britain of the early eighties, My Name is Leon is a heart-breaking story of love, identity and learning to overcome unbearable loss. Of the fierce bond between siblings. And how - just when we least expect it - we manage...

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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

Kate 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 Bombs That Brought Us Together

The Bombs That Brought Us Together

Brian Conaghan

This second book from the acclaimed author of When Mr. Dog Bites is powerful, warm, funny, and moving - the story of two friends, one shed, a war, and a terrible choice.  

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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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