Costa Book Awards

annual series of literary awards in five categories

The Costa Book Awards are a set of annual literary awards recognising English-language books by writers based in Britain and Ireland. They were inaugurated for 1971 publications and known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2006 when Costa Coffee, then a subsidiary of Whitbread, took over sponsorship. The companion Costa Short Story Award was established in 2012.The awards are given both for high literary merit but also for works that are enjoyable reading and whose aim is to convey the enjoyment of reading to the widest possible audience. As such, they are a more populist literary prize than the Booker Prize. In 1989, controversy erupted when the judges first awarded the Best Novel prize to Alexander Stuart's The War Zone, then withdrew the prize prior to the ceremony amid acrimony among the judges, ultimately awarding it to Lindsay Clarke's The Chymical Wedding.
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award received: Costa Book Awards

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Author

Rose Tremain

English author, chancellor of the University of East Anglia

works

10

Restoration

novel by Rose Tremain

author: Rose Tremain

1989

Music and Silence

book by Rose Tremain

author: Rose Tremain

1999

Sacred Country

book by Rose Tremain

author: Rose Tremain

1992

Merivel: A Man of His Time

book by Rose Tremain

author: Rose Tremain

2012

The Colour

book by Rose Tremain

author: Rose Tremain

2003

Author

Ali Smith cover

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Ali Smith

Scottish author, playwright, academic and journalist

works

12

Autumn

book by Ali Smith

author: Ali Smith

2016

There But For The

book by Ali Smith

author: Ali Smith

2011

The Accidental

book by Ali Smith

author: Ali Smith

2005

Free Love and Other Stories

1995 short story collection by Ali Smith

author: Ali Smith

1995

Girl Meets Boy

book by Ali Smith

author: Ali Smith

2007

Author

Colm Tóibín cover

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Colm Tóibín

Irish novelist and writer

works

17

The Blackwater Lightship

book by Colm Tóibín

author: Colm Tóibín

1999

Mothers and Sons

book by Colm Tóibín

author: Colm Tóibín

2006

Brooklyn

novel by Colm Tóibín

author: Colm Tóibín

2009

Love in a Dark Time

book by Colm Tóibín

author: Colm Tóibín

2002

The Empty Family

book by Colm Tóibín

author: Colm Tóibín

2010

Author

Rachel Cusk

English writer

Author

Jane Gardam

British novelist and children's writer

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