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Costa Book Awards shortlists 2013 announced

27th November 2013

Costa Book Awards shortlists 2013 announced

The shortlists for the Costa Book Awards 2013 have been announced.


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, announced at an awards ceremony in London every January.


2013 Costa Novel Award shortlist

Kate Atkinson for Life After Life (Doubleday)

Bernardine Bishop for Unexpected Lessons in Love (John Murray)

Maggie O’Farrell for Instructions for a Heatwave (Tinder Press)

Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing (Jonathan Cape)


2013 Costa First Novel Award shortlist

Sam Byers for Idiopathy (Fourth Estate)

Kate Clanchy for Meeting the English (Picador)

Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall (HarperCollinsPublishers)

Sathnam Sanghera for Marriage Material (William Heinemann)


2013 Costa Biography Award shortlist

Gavin Francis for Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins (Chatto & Windus)

Thomas Harding for Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz (William Heinemann)

Lucy Hughes-Hallett for The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War (Fourth Estate)

Olivia Laing for The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink (Canongate)


2013 Costa Poetry Award shortlist

Clive James for Dante, The Divine Comedy (Picador)

Helen Mort for Division Street (Chatto & Windus)

Robin Robertson for Hill of Doors (Picador)

Michael Symmons Roberts for Drysalter (Jonathan Cape)


2013 Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist

Ross Montgomery for Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door (Faber and Faber)

Sarah Naughton for The Hanged Man Rises (Simon and Schuster)

Chris Riddell for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Elizabeth Wein for Rose Under Fire (Electric Monkey)