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The Costa Book Awards shortlists 2020

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year.

Below is the full list of shortlistees in each category.

Best First novel

Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen The Family T

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Books & games to keep the kids busy during the holidays

Christmas is going to be a little different this year, but we think some things are still guaranteed – good food and good company (in whatever form it takes) … and little ones that need to be kept busy. Here are some of our favourite books and games to keep kids of all ages entertained during the festive season. BUSY BABIES, TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS

Whose Bones? by Chihiro Takeuchi – Gu…

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What we’re reading: O’Hagan, Colwin & Mackintosh

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving. Joanna Di Mattia is reading Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan

By no deliberate design, I’ve spent a significant chunk of the year thinking about life in 1980s Britain and the havoc wreaked by Margaret Thatcher and her policies on the working class. …

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Douglas Stuart wins the Booker Prize for Fiction 2020

Congratulations to Douglas Stuart who has been named the winner of this year’s Booker Prize for Fiction for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain.

Shuggie Bain is the heartrending story of a young boy’s futile attempt to save his alcoholic mother from her addiction as he simultaneously grapples with his own sexuality.

Stuart drew from his own life in writing this incredible first work of fiction, whic…

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Our 2020 Christmas Gift Guide: The hard-to-buy-for teens edition

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of suggestions for the tricky teens in your life. THEY DON’T LIKE READING Future Girl by Asphyxia – Visually orientated teens will love this gorgeous art journal tale of a Deaf girl finding her voice in a challenging future Melbourne.

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and…

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Our 2020 Christmas Gift Guide: The hard-to-buy-for grown-ups edition

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of suggestions for the tricky grown-ups in your life. The friend who has everything… How about a gorgeous design book to adorn their well-stocked home? We love the newly updated editions of Phaidon’s The Design Book and The Art Book that both landed on our shelves this …

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Our 2020 Christmas Gift Guide: The hard-to-buy-for kids edition

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of suggestions for the tricky children in your life. THEY DON’T LIKE READING Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell – It rhymes, it’s silly, it has pirates, and I defy anyone not to take joy in Chris Riddell’s energetic illustrations. The wriggliest toddler will…

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Nine terrific crime reads in November & December

by Fiona Hardy

Shore Leave by David Whish-Wilson

Frank Swann is not cut out for any kind of crime legwork anymore. He’s tired, he’s sick all the time, and nobody can figure out what it is that’s wrong with him. All he knows is he can’t get halfway through a conversation without feeling nauseous, but people are still knocking on his door all the time, asking for help. First, there’s the brothel owner needing …

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