Costa Book Awards shortlists 2017

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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.

Dominic Paul, managing director of Costa, says: ‘These shortlists are a showcase of everything the Costa book awards celebrate: terrific books with broad appeal that will be enjoyed by readers of all tastes.’

Here are the shortlistees in each category.

Novel

  • Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
  • Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney
  • Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
  • Tin Man by Sarah Winman

First novel

  • The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks
  • Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F John

Biography

  • Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up by Xiaolu Guo
  • A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead
  • In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
  • Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby

Poetry

  • Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi
  • Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore
  • On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey
  • Useful Verses by Richard Osmond

Children’s books

  • Moonrise by Sarah Crossan
  • Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
  • The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell


The category winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 2 January, 2018, and the overall winner will be revealed on 30 January, 2018. Read more about the Costa book awards here.