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Costa Prize for Fiction

The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.

It's unique for having five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book.

The Costa Book Awards started life in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards. From 1985 they were known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2006, when Costa Coffee took over ownership from Whitbread.

Since 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

For the purposes of this website, we are only reviewing the winners of the novel award so please be aware that the overall winner could come from one of the other categories. The only difference we have made is if the first novel winner/children's book winner also wins the overall main prize then we review both the overall winner and the best novel.

Year

Book Name

Author

2013

The Shock of the Fall

Nathan Filer

 

Two brothers affected by tragic accident

 

2012

Bring Up The Bodies

Hilary Mantel

 

Thomas Cromwell Removes Anne Boleyn

 

2011

Pure

Andrew Miller

 

Pre-Revolution Foul-Smelling Parisan Cemetery Removal

2010

The Hand That First Held Mine

Maggie O'Farrell

 

Portrait of two women 50 years apart

 

2009

Brooklyn

Colm Toibin

 

Irish homesick emigree experiences Brooklyn

2008

The Secret Scripture

Sebastian Barry

 

100 yr-old-woman's life expressed through journal

2007

Day

A.L.Kennedy

 

Tormented rear-gunner revisits Germany post-war

2006

Restless

William Boyd

 

Final assignment for old female spy

 

2006

The Tenderness of Wolves

Stef Penney

 

Canadian wilderness murder and kidnapping

2005

The Accidental

Ali Smith

 

Norfolk holiday upset by stranger

 

2004

Small Island

Andrea Levy

 

Racial tensions in 1940s London

 

2003

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon

 

Autism explored with humour & feeling

 

2002

Spies

Michael Frayn

 

Young boys discover spies at home

 

2001

The Amber Spyglass

Philip Pullman

 

Final of fantasy world triology

 

2001

Twelve Bar Blues

Patrick Neate

 

Jazz story spanning two centuries

 

2000

English Passengers

Matthew Kneale

 

Eccentric Victorians sail to Tasmania

 

1999

Music & Silence

Rose Tremain

 

Danish King employs English lutenist

 

1998

Leading the Cheers

Justin Cartwright

 

High School reunion in America

 

1997

Quarantine

Jim Crace

 

Version of Jesus's 40 days in the wilderness

 

1996

Everyman for Himself

Beryl Bainbridge

 

Titanic's maiden voyage from the inside

 

1995

The Moor's Last Sigh

Salman Rushdie

 

Compulsive storyteller travels from India to Spain

1995

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Kate Atkinson

 

The failed dreams of women

 

1994

Felicias Journey

William Trevor

 

Irish mother searches boyfriend in England

 

1993

Theory of War

Joan Brady

 

Vengeance for white slave boy

 

1992

Swing Hammer Swing!

Jeff Torrington

 

Gorbals slum-dweller with ambitions

 

1992

Poor Things

Alasdair Gray

 

Story of true love and scientific daring

 

1991

The Queen of the Tambourine

Jane Gardam

 

Downward spiral of surburban housewife

 

1990

Hopeful Monsters

Nicholas Moseley

 

Love affair in Spanish Civil War

 

1989

The Chymical Wedding

Lindsay Clarke

 

Searching for the secrets of alchemy

 

1988

The Satanic Verses

Salman Rushdie

 

Study of good and evil

 

1988

Comforts of Madness

Paul Sayer

 

Unvoiced monologue of catatonic patient

 

1987

The Child in Time

Ian McEwan

 

3-yr-old kidnapping unravels parents relationship

1986

An Artist of the Floating World

Kazuo Ishiguro

 

Troubling memories of Japanese man

 

1985

Hawksmoor

Peter Ackroyd

 

18th & 20th Century London murder investigations

1984

Kruger's Alp

Christopher Hope

 

Priest in search of gold

 

1983

Fools of Fortune

William Trevor

 

Anglo-Irish romance, friction and intrigue

 

1982

Young Shoulders

John Wain

 

Children affected by flawed marriage

 

1981

Silver's City

Maurice Leitch

 

Jailed folk-hero looks to escape

 

1980

How Far Can You Go

David Lodge

 

1950s Catholic women in permissive society

 

1979

The Old Jest

Jennifer Johnston

 

Youth in a turbulent time

 

1978

Picture Palace

Paul Theroux

 

Suppressed memories unleashed by aged photographer

1977

Injury Time

Beryl Bainbridge

 

A mistress raises the stakes

 

1976

The Children of Dynmouth

William Trevor

 

Curious creepy teenager spies on adults

 

1975

Docherty

William McIlvanney

 

1900s Scottish Mining Village Epic

 

1974

The Sacred and Profane Love Machine

Iris Murdoch

 

Thriller writer mourns late wife

 

1973

The Chip-chip Gatherers

Shiva Naipaul

 

Imbalance of wealth and power

 

1972

The Bird of Night

Susan Hill

 

Account of life of fictional poet

 

1971

The Destiny Waltz

Gerda Charles

 

English Jewish children make documentary

 

 

2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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