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The Costa Book Awards is one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. 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 - the year that both Costa and the Book Awards celebrated their 30 th anniversary. Awards are given across five categories:

First Novel; Biography; Novel; Poetry and Children's. The Costa Book of the year is then chosen from the shortlist of category winners.

SEBASTIAN BARRY WINS 2008 COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR

Irish author Sebastian Barry has won the 2008 Costa Book of the Year award for The Secret Scripture, a moving account of one woman’s stolen life and her journey to reclaim the past.

Barry, the bookmaker’s odds-on favourite, won against one of the most acclaimed collections of finalists in the Book Awards history beating 91 year-old author Diana Athill for her memoir Somewhere Towards the End, bestselling first-time novelist Sadie Jones for The Outcast, poet and writer Adam Foulds for The Broken Word and popular children’s writer Michelle Magorian for Just Henry, to win the overall prize and a cheque for £25,000 at the glittering awards ceremony.

Following the judging, Matthew Parris, chair of the final judges, said: ”Sebastian Barry has created one of the great narrative voices in contemporary fiction in The Secret Scripture. It is a book of great brilliance, powerfully and beautifully written.”

The Secret Scripture, published by Faber and Faber, is the ninth novel to take the overall prize. A. L. Kennedy was the last author to win the Book of the Year with a novel taking the prize in 2007 for Day.

Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won eight times by a novel, four times by a first novel, five times by a biography, five times by a collection of poetry and once by a children’s book.

2008 Costa Book Award Category Winners

London 5th January, 2009 - Winners now in the in runnning for Costa Book of the Year. Category winners get £5,000 each and the overall winner £25,000.

* Sadie Jones , The Outcast, scoops the Costa First Novel Award- more
* Sebastian Barry, Costa Novel Award category for The Secret Scripture - more
* Diana Athill, Costa Biography Award for her memoir, Somewhere Towards the End.  At the age of  91, Diana is the oldest-ever category-winning author in the history of the Book Awards- more
* Adam Foulds wins the Costa Poetry Award with his debut work of poetry about the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya, The Broken Word - more
* Michelle Magorian, wins the Children's Book Award for Just Henry, her first new book in ten years - more

2008 Costa Category Winners Announced

2008 Costa Book Award Shortlists

The 2008 shortlists were announced on 19th November. Click below for book and author information plus the judges comments.

Costa First Novel Award

* The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams - more
* The Outcast by Sadie Jones - more
* Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith - more
* Inside the Whale by Jennie Rooney - more

Costa Children's Award

* Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray- more
* The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd -more
* Just Henry by Michelle Magorian - more
* Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine - more

Costa Biography Award

* Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill - more
* Bloomsbury Ballerina by Judith Mackrell - more
* If You Don't Know Me By Now: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam Sanghera - more
* Chagall by Jackie Wullschlager - more

Costa Novel Award

* The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry - more
* The Other Hand by Chris Cleave - more
* A Partisan's Daughter by Louis de Bernieres - more
* Trauma by Patrick McGrath - more

Costa Poetry Award

* For All We Know by Ciaran Carson - more
* The Broken Word by Adam Foulds - more
* Sunday at the Skin Launderette by Kathryn Simmonds - more
* Salvation Jane by Greta Stoddart - more

Costa Shortlist 2008

 

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The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams

ISBN: 9781844084869
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group

Judges: "Menacing, compelling and beautifully written."

From her lookout on the first floor, Ginny watches and waits for her adored younger sister to return to the crumbling mansion that was once their idyllic childhood home. Vivien has not stepped foot in the house since she left, forty seven years ago; Ginny, the reclusive lepidopterist, has rarely ventured outside it. The remembrance of their youth, of loss, and of old rivalries plays across Ginny's mind. Why is Vivi coming home? Ginny has been selling off the family furniture over the years, gradually shutting off each wing of the house and retreating into the precise routines and isolation that define her days. Only the attic remains untouched. There, collected over several generations, are walls lined with pinned and preserved Bordered Beauties and Rusty Waves, Feathered Footmen and Great Brocades, Purple Cloud, Angle Shades, the Gothic and the Stranger ...

About the Author
Aged 34, Poppy Adams is a documentary filmmaker with a Natural Science degree who has made films for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel. She has three children and lives with her husband in London.

Reviews
'The Behaviour of Moths by Poppy Adams is a debut and new and emphatic voice; this story of the reunion of two batty sisters in their huge and crumbling house completely grips and the lepidopteran theme is totally convincing.' Rodney Troubridge, Waterstone's

PSYCHOLOGIES
'THE BEHAVIOUR OF MOTHS is an intricately crafted story, told with just the right balance of claustrophobia and compassion.' MARIE CLAIRE
'Adams' debut novel is an atmospheric addition to the `mess with your head' school of fiction.' DAILY MAIL 'This is a dark book, but an extremely funny one . . . A brilliantly paced debut.' Guardian 'WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE comes to Devon, in Adams' gothic tale of madness, sibling rivalry and lepidoptera. Adams is a skilful, entertaining storyteller' Daily Mail
'This is a dark book, but an extremely funny one, recalling Mark Haddon and Barbara Trapido by turns. A brilliantly paced debut' Daily Telegraph
'Cognitive dissonance is what drives the plot, and that makes this quite a bold first novel' Literary Review 'Damaged families, psychological drama and ghosts from the past abound. Adams succeeds in carefully building up an atmosphere of penumbral suspense, creeping towards a tense climax'

Good Housekeeping Book of the Month
'[A] beautifully staged story . . . mesmerising and unsettling'

 

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2008 Winner - The Outcast by Sadie Jones

ISBN10: 0701181753  ISBN13: 9780701181758  
Publisher: Vintage Chatto & Windus

Judges: "The repressive society of ordinary people is elegantly portrayed in an assured novel of great note."

'In the tradition of Atonement and Remains of the Day...The Outcast is a passionate and deeply suspenseful novel about what happens to those who break the rules, and what happens to those who keep them.' Margot Livesey

Reviews
Sadie Jones is an important new voice. She writes in beautiful prose of terrible events, demonstrating how love denied brings brutal consequences. She conjures the repressive social climate of the 1950s with awful accuracy, and explores the hearts and minds of young people with forensic skill. A great stylist and fine storyteller. --Joan Bakewell

Sunday Times
`elegantly written debut novel brings to life both her alienated, damaged protagonist and the small minded community that condemns him' Waterstone's Books Quarterly
`Jones's first fictional outing demonstrates a flair for storytelling...portrayal of 1950s middle-class village life and Soho nightlife...entirely convincing'
Aesthetica Magazine
'As menacing as it is beautiful, The Outcast is a definite must read this Spring'. The List 'an impressively assured arrival' www.thebookbag.co.uk
`...difficult to believe that this is a debut novel. It's assured...Jones is certainly one to watch for the future'. Glamour `Sadie Jones proves she's no novice when it comes to poignant prose... suspense coupled with the beautifully drawn characterisation...' Good Hosuekeeping 'Book of the Month' `A sensational novel... From page one, you are pulled along through the light and shade of other people's lives.'

Waterstone's Books Quarterly
`a flair for storytelling'

TLS
`The writing in Sadie Jones's first novel is impressive from the start, both succinct and fluent.'

 

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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

ISBN10: 1847371264  ISBN13: 9781847371263  
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Judges: "This gripping, unputdownable thriller is an exciting new addition to the genre."

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife. Leo understands how the State works: Trust and check, but check particularly on those we trust. He faces a stark choice: his wife or his life. And still the killings of children continue...

About the Author
Tom Rob Smith was born in l979 to a Swedish mother and an English father and was brought up in London where he still lives. He graduated from Cambridge in 2001 and spent a year in Italy on a creative writing scholarship. Tom has worked as a screenwriter for the past five years, including a six-month stint in Phnom Penh storylining Cambodia's first ever soap. CHILD 44 is his first novel.

Tom Rob Smith’s beleaguered hero is a protagonist who we know will (at some point) have to rebel against the totalitarian state he works for. But it is the suspense of waiting for this moment as much as the exigencies of the thriller plot that makes this such a compelling novel. --Barry Forshaw

Lee Child
"An amazing debut - rich, different, fully-formed, mature ... and thrilling."

Raymond Khoury, bestselling author of THE LAST TEMPLAR and SANCTUARY
"CHILD 44 telegraphs the talent and class of its writer from its opening pages, transporting you back to the darkest days of post-war Soviet Russia with assured efficiency and ruthlessly drawing you into its richly atmospheric and engrossing tale."

Scott Turow
"CHILD 44 is a remarkable debut novel - inventive, edgy and relentlessly gripping from the first page to the last."

Robert Towne
"Child 44 contrasts the bleakness of Stalinist Russia with a love story that unexpectedly and ironically blooms only because the lovers are nearly crushed by a relentless totalitarian regime hell bent on their destruction. As the two attempt to solve a series of brutal child murders the government is determined not to acknowledge, they must avoid being killed themselves in a simultaneous flight and pursuit across the wintry Russian landscape. Achingly suspenseful, full of feeling and of the twists and turns that one expects from Le Carre at his best, it's a tale that grabs you by the throat and simply never lets you go."

 

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Inside the Whale by Jennie Rooney

Judges: "This perfectly-formed debut novel is gentle, perceptive and moving." 

Stephanie Sandford, recently widowed, must tell her family the truth - but the past is indistinct and it's complicated. First, there was her mum, who developed an anxious streak after marrying the wrong Reg. Then there was the young man from the dairy who taught Stevie to swim and broke her heart. War came, and four years spent chopping root vegetables in the canteen of the Sun Pat peanut factory on the Old Kent Road, followed by wet London nights, with the Doodle Bugs slipping through the sky like huge silvery fish. It's not until Stevie's under an umbrella with Jonathan that Stevie finally starts to sense safety.Meanwhile, Michael Royston's memories are squashed into a shoebox (along with Queen Matilda's Dicken Medal for bravery) ready for his move into hospital. Years ago, he trained military carrier pigeons for the Royal Corps of Signals in Cairo yet his own homecoming has taken a lifetime. Michael has never been good at putting things into words; he's more comfortable with the click of Morse code. But Anna, a young healthcare assistant, has the patience - and rare tenderness - to eke out his story. And so he begins. Stories have the power to change things, and this one will alter Stevie's past and transform Anna's future...

About the Author
Jennie Rooney was born in Liverpool in 1980. She read History at the University of Cambridge and taught English in France before moving to London to work as a lawyer. Inside the Whale is her first novel.

New Statesman, Christopher Hawtree
'a work of a singularly outlandish and compassionate imagination....has one shouting its praises to anybody who is within earshot'

Sunday Express, Viv Groskop
`This is an elegant, funny and moving first novel... a wonderful, memorable musing on life, fate and love'

Saturday Guardian, Catherine Taylor
`a deeply affecting story ... vividly recreating Blitz-torn London and the Africa of the same period.'

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Costa Children's Award

Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray-

Judges: "A life-affirming journey by three teenage boys told with sensitivity, compassion and, above all, humour.

"'It's not really kidnapping, is it? He'd have to be alive for it to be proper kidnapping.' Kenny, Sim and Blake are about to embark on a remarkable journey of friendship. Stealing the urn containing the ashes of their best friend Ross, they set out from Cleethorpes on the east coast to travel the 261 miles to the tiny hamlet of Ross in Dumfries and Galloway. After a depressing and dispriting funeral they feel taking Ross to Ross will be a fitting memorial for a 15 year-old boy who changed all their lives through his friendship. Little do they realise just how much Ross can still affect life for them even though he's now dead. This is Keith Gray's first new novel in three years and is a wonderful rites-of-passage story combing elements from "Stand By Me", "An Inspector Calls" and "Grand Theft Parsons".

ISBN: 9780099456575
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Children's Books

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The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd

Judges: "Everyone who cares about the future of the planet should read this book!"

It’s January 1st, 2015, and the UK is the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing, in a drastic bid to combat climate change. As her family spirals out of control, Laura Brown chronicles the first year of rationing with scathing abandon. Will her mother become one with her inner wolf? Will her sister give up her weekends in Ibiza? Does her father love the pig more than her? Can her band the dirty angels make it big? And will Ravi Datta ever notice her?

In these dark days, Laura deals with the issues that really matter: love, floods and pigs.

The Carbon Diaries 2015 is one girl’s drastic bid to stay sane in a world unravelling at the seams.

About the Author
Saci Lloyd has worked as a script editor for Camouflage Films, where she was involved in several projects including a $20m Columbia Tri-Star co-production, Amy Foster. She is now head of Media at Newham Sixth Form College.

Review
'Much more than a clanging gong signalling the end of days, this is a charming tale full of laughs and angst, with a message both accessible and relevant to today's teenagers.' -- Bookseller's Choice, Publishing News 20080704 'It's edgy, it's appealing and it's contemporary and it makes for utterly compelling and frightening reading.' -- Lovereadingforkids.co.uk 20080704

'Much more than a clanging gong signalling the end of days, this is a charming tale full of laughs and angst, with a message both accessible and relevant to today's teenagers.' (Bookseller's Choice, Publishing News )

'It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and it makes for utterly compelling and frightening reading.'(Lovereadingforkids.co.uk )

 

Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine

Judges: "A poignant story of a family coming to terms with a terrible loss."

When the good-looking boy with the American accent presses the dropped negative into Rowan's hand, she's sure it's all a big mistake.  But next moment, he's gone, lost in the crowd of bustling shoppers. These days, Rowan pretty much looks after her little sister single-handedly - which doesn't leave much time for friends or fun.  So when she finds out that Bee from school saw the whole thing, it piques her curiosity.  Who was the boy? Why was he so insistent that the negative belonged to Rowan? And what will the negative reveal...?

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2008 Winner- Just Henry by Michelle Magorian

Judges: "A gripping and masterful tale of the power of cinema, photography and friendship in one boy's life."

From the award-winning author of "Goodnight Mister Tom" comes "Just Henry": a gripping mystery-thriller and an insightful snapshot of time, set in post-war Britain. It's 1949 and life is bleak for Henry. He misses his father who died a war hero, and he escapes from his annoying stepfather and stepsister whenever he can and goes to the cinema - his passion.One day in the cinema queue he meets Mrs Beaumont who also loves films, and lends Henry a camera for his school project. Henry is disgusted that he's been put in a group with Jeffries, the son of a man who went AWOL, and Pip, who was born illegitimate; but he's about to learn that tolerance and friendship are more important than social stigmas.Henry will need his new friends when he processes the film and makes an alarming discovery.Like a bomb waiting to explode, Henry's world is about to unravel.


About the Author
Michelle Magorian was born in 1947 in Southsea, Portsmouth, of a Welsh mother and Irish father with an Armenian surname! Michelle spent her toddler years in Singapore and aged 7-9 in Australia. Michelle trained for the theatre at The Rose Bruford College of speech and drama in Kent from 1968 to 1969. It was while there that she started writing regularly. From 1969-1970 she was a mime student in Paris. Since then Michelle has worked in theatre, television and films and has an established reputation as a comedienne, performing in plays and musicals. Michelle also toured with her one woman mime show in Italy and England. Michelle's first novel Goodnight Mister Tom was published in the UK in 1981 and won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. Michelle's other books include A Little Love Song, A Spoonful of Jam and Cuckoo in the Nest. In July 2006 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Portsmouth University.

Review
"'The author has a wonderful gift for hanging a richly woven tapestry around an essentially simple frame.' Times Education Supplement."

 

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Costa Biography Award

Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill

Judges: "A graceful, clear-sighted and brave memoir entirely lacking in self-pity - this is a wise and wry take on exactly what it's like to grow old."

Diana Athill will be ninety in December, 2007. "Somewhere Towards the End" tells the story of what it means to be old: how the pleasure of sex ebbs, how the joy of gardening grows, how much there is to remember, to forget, to regret, to forgive - and how one faces the inevitable fact of death. Athill has lost none of her skill or candour as a writer, her love of the intimate detail. Her book is filled with stories, events and people, and the kind of honest, intelligent reflection that has been a hallmark of her writing throughout her long career. 'We rarely did anything together except make ourselves a pleasant little supper and go to bed, because we had very little in common apart from liking sex,' she writes of her last affair, when she was in her late sixties. 'We also shared painful feet, which was almost as important as liking sex, because when you start feeling your age it is comforting to be with someone in the same condition.'Diana's previous books are: "Instead of a Letter", "After a Funeral", and "Stet", her much praised memoir of her life as a book editor (many said the best in London) with Andre Deutsch. She describes her books as 'documentaries' and her early work prefigured the modern taste for memoir. As she writes in "Somewhere Towards the End", 'I believed, and still believe, that there is no point describing experience unless one tries to get it as near to what it really was as you can make it, but that belief does come into conflict with a central teaching of my upbringing: do not think yourself important.'

About the Author
Diana Athill was born in 1917. She is the author of Instead of a Letter, After A Funeral, Don't Look at Me Like That, Make Believe, Stet and Yesterday Morning, all published by Granta Books. She lives in London.

Metro, Claire Allfree
"A convivial memoirist, full of clarity and wit, original thought and understated insight"


Spectator, Anne Chiholm
"Her eye is unflinching, her prose as clear and graceful as ever; her honesty is inspiring"

Observer, Lara Feigel
"...a delight to read"

Independent, Clare Colvin
"[An] honest, clear-sighted book"


Oldie
'A splendid read, upbeat, often amusing, ironic and always superbly intelligent on any and every subject'

 

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Bloomsbury Ballerina by Judith Mackrell

Judges: "The vividly-described, extraordinary life of the lively and eccentric ballerina who was drawn by Picasso, loathed by the Bloomsbury set and adored by her husband, John Maynard Keynes."

Born in 1891 in St Petersburg, Lydia Lopokova lived a long and remarkable life. Just five feet tall and a natural comedian, her vivacious personality and the sheer force of her charm propelled her to the top of Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. Through a combination of luck, determination and talent, Lydia became a star in Paris, a vaudeville favourite in America, the toast of Britain and then, most unexpectedly, she married the world-renowned economist, and formerly homosexual, John Maynard Keynes. Lydia's story is an extraordinary one, linking ballet and the Bloomsbury group, war, revolution and the economic policies of the super-powers. She was the Russian ballerina who flitted intriguingly through the lives of so many remarkable individuals, including Nijinsky, Picasso, Stravinsky and Virginia Woolf. Above all, she was an immensely captivating, eccentric and irreverent personality: a bolter, a true bohemian and, eventually, an utterly devoted wife. Judith Mackrell brings Lopokova gloriously to life, and claims Lydia's place as a major character - not only in the history of ballet, but also in the history of the Twentieth Century.

About the Author

Judith Mackrell is a writer and Dance critic for the Guardian. She was the ghostwriter for Darcey Bussell's 'Life in Dance'. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.

Duncan Fallowell, Daily Telegraph
"the English took Lydia Lopokova to their hearts and so Judith Mackrell is right that she merits a biography."

Frances Wilson, The Sunday Times
"Mackrell shows us exactly what made Lopokova one the last century's 'true originals.'"

Kathryn Hughes, The Guardian
Judith Mackrell.. is brilliant at making the reader see why Lopokova matters"

Veronica Horwell, The New Statesman
"How shrewd and kind of Mackrell to extricate Lopokova from so many decades as the snubbed alien in Bloomsbury footnotes."

Rupert Christiansen, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
"Mackrell's unfailingly vivacious and scholarly biography pays splendid tribute"

Clement Crisp, Financial Times
"she was, as Mackrell concludes, one of the 20th century's 'true originals' and this narrative tells us exactly why"

Michael Arditti, DAILY MAIL
"Mackrell's enthralling biography restores Lydia Lopokova to her rightful position centre-stage."

Henrietta Garnett, LITERARY REVIEW
"Bloomsbury Ballerina is a compelling account of the extraordinary life and times of an unforgettable woman. Mackrell is to be congratulated."

 

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Chagall by Jackie Wullschlager

Judges: "Quietly witty, engrossing and tragicomic - this insight into parallel culture in Britain today is the poignant story of an exceptional family that everyone should read."

When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what colour really is.” Picasso said this in the 1950s, when he and Chagall were eminent neighbours living in splendour on the Cote d'Azur. But behind Chagall's role as a pioneer of modern art lay struggle, heartbreak, bitterness, lost love, exile, and the miracle of survival. Born the son of a Russian Jewish herring merchant, Chagall fled the repressive czarist empire in 1911 to develop his genius in Paris, living alongside Modigliani and Leger in La Ruche, the artist's colony where you either died or came out famous.

Through war and revolution in Bolshevik Russia, Weimar Berlin, occupied France and 1940s New York, he gave form to his dreams, longings and memories in paintings which are among the most humane and joyful of the 20th century. Wullschlager has had exclusive access to hundreds of hitherto unseen and unpublished letters from the Chagall family collection in Paris, which are quoted here for the first time, lending Chagall's own unique voice to this account.

Drawing also on numerous interviews with the artist's family, friends, dealers, collectors, and illustrated with two hundred paintings, drawings and photographs, many also previously unseen, this elegantly written biography gives for the first time a full and true account of Chagall the man and the artist - and of a life as intense, theatrical and haunting as his paintings.

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If You Don't Know Me By Now: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam Sanghera

Judges: "Not just the artist's life and his work but a chronicle of the shattering events of the 20th century.  Great scholarship, enlightening observations about the paintings and an engaging style - we couldn't put it down."

Stop laughing so much. You"ll only cry twice as much latermy mother says. Mum is never more anxious than at a celebration, hovering around us with red chillies to frighten away evil spirits. I hate that I've inherited this attitude: sometimes I can feel the end of good things before I've even had a chance to enjoy them. But finally I understand why my mother was so fond of the phrase: that's how life was for her. For years, for every one shot of happy, there would be two shots of sad.

When Sathnam Sanghera was twenty-four years old he made a discovery a bout his family that would both darken, and illuminate his life. It would set him on a journey into his family's past: from his father's harsh life in rural Punjab, to the terrifying early years of his parents' marriage in England; from his mother's extraordinary resilience as she brought up her young family in a foreign land, without any knowledge of its language, to the author's happy memories of his own childhood – his obsessions with George Michael and a desire to have the perfect top knot. And, most affectingly of all, this discovery would finally force Sanghera's own secret life into the glaring light: his longing for romantic love which he had, for fear of family rejection, kept utterly hidden from his beloved mother.

From Hindu hairdressers to the Wolverhampton tourist office, from terrifying violence to boundless family loyalty, If You Don't Know Me by Now is a heart-rending account of one family's unimaginable suffering and also its great capacity for love. In a voice that is by turns tender and wonderfully funny, Sathnam Sanghera tells a story of the seemingly unbridgeable, and often harrowing, gulf between classes, cultures and generations and also provides a moving testament to the surprising power of unconditional love.


About the Author
Sathnam Sanghera was born in 1976. He is an award-winning journalist who, until recently, was chief feature writer at The Financial Times. He now works for The Times and lives in London. This is his first book

The Times
Gripping and entertaining, horrifying and tender. So delightful, insightful and charming

Maggie O'Farrell
I absolutely loved it. Heartbreaking and wonderful. He writes beautifully


Book Description
By turns hilarious, shocking and incredibly moving, for fans of the best British memoirs: Toast by Nigel Slater, Untold Stories by Alan Bennett, and the film East is East

Sunday Times
`Particularly moving ... funny and revealing ... you want to punch the air and cry at the same time'


Marie Claire
'This funny, heartfelt memoir reveals the distressing history of Sanghera's family while celebrating the love that kept them together'

Evening Standard
'Lucid, unsparing and compelling'

 

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Costa Novel Award

2008 Winner- The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

Judges: "A heartbreaking and lyrical tale of loss, betrayal and redemption."

Nearing her one-hundredth birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental hospital where she's spent the best part of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks often with her psychiatrist Dr Grene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful. Refracted through the haze of memory and retelling, Roseanne's story becomes an alternative, secret history of Ireland's changing character and the story of a life blighted by terrible mistreatment and ignorance, and yet marked still by love and passion and hope.

About the Author
Sebastian Barry was born in Dublin in 1955. His plays include Our Lady of Sligo and The Pride of Parnell Street, and his novels, Annie Dunne and most recently, A Long Long Way. He has won numerous awards, among them the London Critics Circle Award, and now lives in Wicklow with his family.


Daily Telegraph
'Exceptionally finely written ... [It] assembles a disquieting portrait of a woman destroyed by politics and misogyny.'

Evening Herald
'One of the first great novels of this century.'

The Times
'It's a story to treasure, and Roseanne is a teller to remember.'


Joseph O'Connor, Guardian
'Magnificent and heart-rending.'


Joseph O'Connor, Guardian
'[A] magnificent and heart-rending novel ... Roseanne and Dr Grene, though hardly ever described, are incarnated with such commitment and narrative astuteness that you feel you are standing in the rain of their lives.'

Sunday Telegraph
'Barry was shortlisted for the 2005 Booker with A Long Long Way and, if there is any justice, can expect an equally strong showing this year.'

Dermot Bolger, Mail on Sunday (Ireland)
'This is a superb book about memory and conflicting versions of the past.'

Matthew Sweeney, Financial Times
'The Secret Scripture is not at all like its illustrious predecessor but is equally powerful and memorable. It confirms that Sebastian Barry is at the forefront of contemporary Irish fiction.'

 

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The Other Hand by Chris Cleave

Judges: "A richly original novel full of shocks and wonders."

We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this:

It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific.

The story starts there, but the book doesn't.

And it's what happens afterwards that is most important.

Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds.

About the Author
Chris Cleave's debut novel INCENDIARY was an international bestseller published in 20 countries. It won the 2006 Somerset Maugham Award, was shortlisted for the 2006 Commonwealth Writers' Prize, won the United States Book-of-the-Month Club's First Fiction award 2005, won the Prix Special du Jury at the French Prix des Lecteurs 2007, and will be released in early 2008 as a major motion picture.
 
Inspired by his early childhood in West Africa, THE OTHER HAND is Chris Cleave's second novel. He is married with two children, and lives in London. He keeps a website at www.chriscleave.com. (20080809)

'You stay in thrall to the bittersweet end.' (Scotland on Sunday 20051101)

'By turns funny, sad and shocking' (Sainsburys Magazine 20050720)

'Warm, witty and beautifully written.' (Sunday Tribune 20050901)

'In a novel that tackles serious and uncomfortable subject matter, Cleave's writing makes one laugh and despair in equal measure. (4 stars)' (Time Out )

 

 

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A Partisan's Daughter by Louis de Bernieres

Judges: "An elegant love story about the lies we tell ourselves and why we have to."

The new novel from the acclaimed author of "Birds Without Wings" and Captain Corelli's "Mandolin" is a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad. Chris is bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he's a stranger to the 1970s youth culture of London, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car. Roza is Yugoslavian, recently moved to London, the daughter of one of Tito's partisans. She's in her twenties, but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And though she's not a hooker, when she's propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway.Over the next few months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She's a fast-talking Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does Chris hear the stories through the filter of his own need? Does it even matter?

The deeply moving novel of their unlikely love - narrated in the moment and through recollection, each of their voices deftly realized - is also a brilliantly subtle commentary on storytelling: its seductions and powers, and its ultimately unavoidable dangers.

The Guardian
`It's a wise and moving novel, perfectly accomplished.'

Tatler
'The author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin gives us and bittersweet love story set in Seventies London'

Daily Telegraph
'De Bernieres is a skilful writer, poetic but unforced'

The Times
'De Bernière's mellifluent, clear prose slips through the reader's mind with efficient ease'


Financial Times
`Louis de Bernieres ... strips down the language in this novel to its essential plot'

The Spectator
`by the end I was impressed, moved and touched'

 

 

 

Trauma by Patrick McGrath

Judges: "A riveting story about what makes us who we are by a truly accomplished novelist."

Charlie Weir is a man who tackles other people's demons for a living. He has seen every kind of trauma during his years as a psychiatrist in New York City, and yet hasn't found a way to resolve the conflicts within his own family - his bitter rivalry with his brother Walt, a successful painter, his estrangement from his shiftless father and his stifling relationship with his dying mother. And he has never overcome the terrible blunder, seven years before, that lost him his wife and daughter, leaving him prone to corrosive loneliness and restless anger.When Walt introduces Charlie to Nora Chiara, he is drawn as much to her air of suffering as he is to her striking beauty. They fall for each other quickly, hungrily, but their bliss is short-lived. Her vulnerability, once so irresistible, begins to sour their life together, and Charlie realises that she is now patient first, lover second. And as he probes at the source of her distress, a half-memory from deep in his own unconscious mind begins to arouse a horrifying suspicion.

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Costa Poetry Award

For All We Know by Ciaran Carson

Judges: "The voices in this film noir poem - confident, seductive and hypnotic - draw the reader into a tragic, complex and dream-like love story."

Shortly after a man and a woman meet for the first time in a second-hand clothes shop in Belfast, a bomb goes off. It is some time in the 1970s. They become lovers. For All We Know is their story, told in the recent past: a meditation on love, place, memory, loss and language, how people know each other, misunderstand each other, or translate each other, not to mention the events and circumstances which are beyond their control.

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2008 Winner- The Broken Word by Adam Foulds

Judges: "This heart-stopping story about the Mau Mau uprising brings hidden conflicts of conscience, race and class to the surface in a brutally compelling narrative."

The Broken Word is a delicate and powerful poetic sequence that charts a young man's progress through a dark period in British colonial history - the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya. With language and imagery that feels utterly contemporary, and subject matter - tribal violence and subsequent retribution - that seems almost Homeric, Foulds gives the narrative all the febrile energy of classical drama, re-charged and re-imagined.

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Sunday at the Skin Launderette by Kathryn Simmonds

Judges: "This first collection is witty, humane, confident, full of everyday details but with a capacity to surprise and delight."

Quietly persuasive and formally adept, the poems in Kathryn Simmonds' first collection engage with both the quotidian and the transcendental.  Often set in urban or suburban contexts, her protagonists struggle with mundane tasks such as cooking, commuting or office work, all the obstacles of modernity, and then, by some shift of attention, or by some narrowing of focus, they chance upon the surreal or the spiritual. This is poetry of subtle contexts and allusions, as much concerned with the vulnerability of the body as for the fate of the soul and the idea of ?keeping faith' in God and life.

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Salvation Jane by Greta Stoddart

Judges: "Honest, observant poems from a collection which is both wonderfully unsettling and deeply life-affirming."

At the heart of many of the poems in Salvation Jane lies an apprehension of things being lost or destroyed - whether a child or an illusion, faith or the very earth we live on.  The world changes, too, when someone enters it.  Greta Stoddart's poems of motherhood are intense double-edged celebrations; as grief has its consolations, so joy is rarely entire.

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World-Class' Scottish Novelist Wins Costa 2007 Costa Book of the Year Award

London 24th Jan- A. L. Kennedy the Scottish stand-up comedian and author, has won the Costa Book of the Year Award for her fifth novel, Day about a former Royal Air Force tail-gunner and prisoner of war who returns to Germany to confront his demons. The Costa Book Awards, formerly the Whitbread Book Awards, honour books by writers based in Britain and Ireland. The judges said that Ms. Kennedy, who lives in Glasgow, was chosen from a shortlist of five books “because, through an extraordinary act of ventriloquism, she describes the waste and eventual resurrection of a young life shattered by war.”

Ms. Kennedy's book had already won the Costa Novel of the Year Award.

About the Book- Day: A novel,

Alfie Day, RAF airman and former World War II POW, never expected to survive the war. He may not have even wanted to—choosing to be a tail gunner—exposed, alone and watchful for his skipper and his crew through night after night of bombing missions. Now, five years after the end of the war and more alone than ever, Alfie finds himself drawn to unearth those intense, strangely passionate days by working as an extra on a POW film. What he will discover on the set about himself, his loves and the world around him will make the war itself look simple.

Day is a superbly realized, emotionally charged, deeply affecting drama about the violence of modern life, and the intensity and courage to be found in the closeness of death. Blazing with Kennedy’s characteristic virtuosity, wit and narrative invention, Day is funny and moving, wise and sad, a dazzlingly original performance from one of the most gifted writers of our time.

The Ones AL Beat in the Costa Novel Award
The other shortlisted novels were Neil Bartlett’s Skin Lane (“a tale of the unexpected”),, Rupert Thomson’s,Death of a Murderer (“an exquisitely-written ghost story”) and Rose Tremain’s The Road Home (“wise, timely and emotionally satisfying”).

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Hope for All Budding Novelists as Persistent Former Postwoman Takes Out Costa Award First Novel Prize for 2007 with Surprise Win
Catherine O'Flynn born in Birmingham in 1970 to a couple who ran a candy shop, has taken out the prize for the 2007 Costa First Novel Award in the prestigious UK Costa Awards What Was Lost-. The book was turned down 15 times before being published and then longlisted for the Man Booker and for the women-only Orange Prize this year and now has taken out the 2007 Costa. Brother, some of those readers and editors who rejected the manuscript must be cursing now. Ms. O'Flynn worked variously delivering the post, as a shop assistant in a record store and as a "mystery shopper", checking out store prices. Hope for all we budding authors, but don't give-up the day job just yet as my Darling One reminds me.

2007 British Costa Award Winners & Shortlist


2007 Costa First Novel Award

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam,
Gifted by Nikita Lalwani
What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn - WINNER
Mosquito by Roma Tearne
2007 Costa Novel Award
Skin Lane, by Neil Bartlett
Day,by A.L. Kennedy - WINNER
Death of a Murderer, by Rupert Thomson
The Road Home, by Rose Tremain
2007 Costa Children's Book Award

What Was Lost, by Ann Kelley - WINNNER
Crusade (Brethren Trilogy 2)Crusade, by Elizabeth Laird
What I Was by Meg Rosoff
Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick
2007 Costa Poetry Award

The Speed of Dark, by Ian Duhig
The Space of Joy, by John Fuller
Look We Have Coming to Dover!by Daljit Nagra -review
Tilt, by Jean Sprackland - WINNER

2007 Costa Biography Award

Rudolf Nureyev: The Life, by Julie Kavanagh
Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman, Lover, Betrayer, Hero, Spy, by Ben Macintyre
Young Stalin, by Simon Sebag Montefiore - WINNER
Fatty Batter: How Cricket Saved My Life (Then Ruined It) by Michael Simkins

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Costa Book Awards 2006

2006 Costa Book Award Category Winners

2006 Costa First Novel Award winner
Stef Penney - The Tenderness of Wolves: A Novel

What the judges said:
"The Tenderness of Wolves stood out from a very strong shortlist. We felt enveloped by the snowy landscape and gripped by the beautiful writing and effortless story-telling. It is a story of love, suspense and beauty. We couldn't put it down."

2006 Costa Novel Award winner

William Boyd - Restless: A Novel

What the judges said:
"Restless remains in the mind long after you finish it. Its scenes of wartime tension, the smell of espionage and the consequences of deceitful lives. Double cross, double bluff - all written with effortless clarity resulting in an unputdownable read."

2006 Costa Children's Book Award winner

Linda Newbery - Set In Stone

What the judges said:
"As beautifully crafted as one of the statues adorning the house in the story, this emotionally charged narrative will thrill all lovers of intelligent fiction."

2006 Costa Poetry Award winner

John Haynes - Letter to Patience

What the judges said:
"John Haynes Letter to Patience was the judges unanimous choice and a clear winner; a unique long poem of outstanding quality, condensing a lifetime of reflection and experience into a work of transporting momentum, imaginative lucidity, and consummate formal accomplishment."

2006 Costa Biography Award winner

Brian Thompson - Keeping Mum: A Wartime Childhood

What the judges said:
"This vivid, life-affirming and deftly-written book is a perfect antidote to the 'misery memoir'. We defy anyone not to enjoy it."

THE WHITBREAD BOOK AWARDS
The Whitbread Book Awards were established in 1971 and encouraged, promoted and celebrated the enjoyment of reading

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WHITBREAD WINNERS 1971 – 2005


2005
BOOK OF THE YEAR
MATISSE: THE MASTER

Hilary Spurling
Hamish Hamilton


First Novel Award
The Harmony Silk Factory

Tash Aw
Harper Perennial


Novel Award
the accidenta
l
Ali Smith
Hamish Hamilton


Biography Award
Matisse: The Master

Hilary Spurling
Hamish Hamilton


Poetry Award
Cold Calls

Christopher Logue
Faber and Faber


Children’s Book Award

The New Policeman
Kate Thompson- The Bodley Head


2004
BOOK OF THE YEAR
SMALL ISLAND

Andrea Levy
Headline

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First Novel Award
Eve Green
Susan Fletcher


Novel Award
Small Island

Andrea Levy

Biography Award
My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots
John Guy
Fourth Estate


Poetry Award
Corpus
Michael Simmons Roberts
Jonathan Cape


Children’s Book Award
Not the End of the World
Geraldine McCaughrean
Oxford University Press

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2003
BOOK OF THE YEAR

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME
Mark Haddon
Jonathan Cape


First Novel Award
Vernon God Little
DBC Pierre
Faber & Faber


Novel Award
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
Jonathan Cape


Biography Award
Orwell: The Life
DJ Taylor
Chatto & Windus


Poetry Award
Landing Light
Don Paterson
Faber & Faber


Children’s Book Award
The Fire-Eaters
David Almond
Hodder Children’s


2002
BOOK OF THE YEAR
SAMUEL PEPYS: THE UNEQUALLED SELF
Claire Tomalin
Viking


First Novel Award
The Song of Names
Norman Lebrecht
Review


Novel Award
Spies
Michael Frayn
Faber & Faber

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Biography Award
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Claire Tomalin
Viking


Poetry Award
The Ice Age
Paul Farley
Picador


Children’s Book Award
Saffy’s Angel
Hilary McKay
Hodder Children’s
NB: The structure of the Awards changed for the final time in 2002, and the Whitbread

Children’s Book
of the Year reverted to the original format of being one of five categories, with its winner, like the others, selected by the category judges and competing for title of Whitbread Book of the Year.

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2001
BOOK OF THE YEAR

THE AMBER SPYGLASS
Philip Pullman
Scholastic


CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
The Amber Spyglass

Philip Pullman
Scholastic


First Novel Award
Something Like a House

Sid Smith
Picador


Novel Award
Twelve Bar Blues

Patrick Neate
Viking


Biography Award
Selkirk’s Island

Diana Souhami
Weidenfeld & Nicolson


Poetry Award
Bunny

Selima Hill
Bloodaxe
2000


2000 BOOK OF THE YEAR
ENGLISH PASSENGERS

Matthew Kneale
Hamish Hamilton

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CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
Coram Boy

Jamila Gavin
Egmont


First Novel Award
White Teeth

Zadie Smith
Hamish Hamilton


Novel Award
English Passengers

Matthew Kneale
Hamish Hamilton


Biography Award
Bad Blood

Lorna Sage
Fourth Estate


Poetry Award
The Asylum Dance

John Burnside
Cape Poetry
1999


1999 BOOK OF THE YEAR
BEOWULF

Seamus Heaney
Faber & Faber


CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

J K Rowling
Bloomsbury


First Novel Award
White City Blue

Tim Lott
Viking

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Novel Award
Music and Silence

Rose Tremain
Chatto & Windus


Biography Award
Berlioz, Volume 2
David Cairns

Allen Lane The Penguin Press


Poetry Award
Beowulf

Seamus Heaney
Faber & Faber
NB: The structure of the Awards changed once more in 1999 when the winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year was selected by the final judging panel and then judged against the other four categories
for overall Whitbread Book of the Year.


1998
BOOK OF THE YEAR

BIRTHDAY LETTERS
Ted Hughes
Faber & Faber


CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
SKELLIG
David Almond
Hodder Children’s Books


First Novel Award
The Last King of Scotland
Giles Foden
Faber & Faber


Novel Award
Leading the Cheers
Justin Cartwright
Sceptre


Biography Award
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
Amanda Foreman
HarperCollins


Poetry Award
Birthday Letters
Ted Hughes
Faber & Faber

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1997
BOOK OF THE YEAR

TALES FROM OVID
Ted Hughes
Faber & Faber


CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
AQUILA
Andrew Norriss
Hamish Hamilton


First Novel Award
The Ventriloquist’s Tale
Pauline Melville
Bloomsbury


Novel Award
Quarantine
Jim Crace
Viking


Biography Award
Victor Hugo
Graham Robb
Picador


Poetry Award
Tales from Ovid
Ted Hughes
Faber & Faber


1996
BOOK OF THE YEAR

THE SPIRIT LEVEL
Seamus Heaney
Faber & Faber


CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
THE TULIP TOUCH
Anne Fine
Hamish Hamilton

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First Novel Award
The Debt to Pleasure
John Lanchester
Picador


Novel Award
Every Man for Himself
Beryl Bainbridge
Duckworth


Biography Award
Thomas Cranmer: A Life
Diarmaid MacCulloch
Yale University Press


Poetry Award
The Spirit Level
Seamus Heaney
Faber & Faber
NB: The structure of the Awards changed again in 1996 when the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year became an award in its own right (ie not judged against the other four categories) for the first time, with prize money of £10,000.


1995
BOOK OF THE YEAR

BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM
Kate Atkinson
Doubleday/Black Swan


First Novel
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Kate Atkinson
Doubleday/Black Swan


Novel
The Moor’s Last Sigh
Salman Rushdie
Jonathan Cape


Biography
Gladstone
Roy Jenkins
Macmillan


Poetry
Gunpowder
Bernard O’Donoghue
Chatto & Windus


Beefeater Children’s Novel
The Wreck of the Zanzibar
Michael Morpurgo
Heinemann/Mammoth

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1994
BOOK OF THE YEAR

FELICIA’S JOURNEY
William Trevor
Viking


First Novel
The Longest Memory
Fred D'Aguiar
Chatto & Windus


Novel
Felicia's Journey
William Trevor
Viking


Biography
D H Lawrence: The Married Man
Brenda Maddox
Sinclair-Stevenson
Poetry


Out of Danger
James Fenton
Penguin Poetry


Children's Novel
Gold Dust
Geraldine McCaughrean
OUP


1993
BOOK OF THE YEAR

THEORY OF WAR
Joan Brady
Andre Deutsch


First Novel
Saving Agnes
Rachel Cusk
Macmillan


Novel
Theory of War
Joan Brady
Andre Deutsch


Biography
Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life
Andrew Motion
Faber & Faber


Poetry
Mean Time
Carol Ann Duffy
Anvil Press


Children's Novel
Flour Babies
Anne Fine
Hamish Hamilton

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1992
BOOK OF THE YEAR
SWING HAMMER SWING!
Jeff Torrington
Secker & Warburg


First Novel
Swing Hammer Swing!
Jeff Torrington
Secker & Warburg


Novel
Poor Things
Alasdair Gray
Bloomsbury


Biography
Trollope
Victoria Glendinning
Hutchinson


Poetry
The Gaze of the Gorgon
Tony Harrison
Bloodaxe Books


Children's Novel
The Great Elephant Chase
Gillian Cross
OUP

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1991
BOOK OF THE YEAR
A LIFE OF PICASSO
John Richardson
Jonathan Cape


First Novel
Alma Cogan
Gordon Burn
Secker & Warburg


Novel
The Queen of the Tambourine
Jane Gardam
Sinclair-Stevenson


Biography
A Life of Picasso
John Richardson
Jonathan Cape


Poetry
Gorse Fires
Michael Longley
Secker & Warburg


Children's Novel
Harvey Angell
Diana Hendry
Julia MacRae


1990
BOOK OF THE YEAR
HOPEFUL MONSTERS
Nicholas Mosley
Secker & Warburg


First Novel
The Buddha of Suburbia
Hanif Kureishi
Faber & Faber


Novel
Hopeful Monsters
Nicholas Mosley
Secker & Warburg


Biography
A A Milne: His Life
Ann Thwaite
Faber & Faber


Poetry
Daddy, Daddy
Paul Durcan
The Blackstaff Press
Children’s Novel
AK
Peter Dickinson
Victor Gollancz

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1989
BOOK OF THE YEAR
COLERIDGE: EARLY VISIONS
Richard Holmes
Hodder & Stoughton
First Novel
Gerontius
James Hamilton-Paterson
Macmillan
Novel
The Chymical Wedding
Lindsay Clarke
Jonathan Cape
Biography
Coleridge: Early Visions
Richard Holmes
Hodder & Stoughton
Poetry
Shibboleth
Michael Donaghy
OUP
Children's Novel
Why Weeps the Brogan?
Hugh Scott
Walker Books


1988
BOOK OF THE YEAR
THE COMFORTS OF MADNESS
Paul Sayer
Constable


First Novel
The Comforts of Madness
Paul Sayer
Constable


Novel
The Satanic Verses
Salman Rushdie
Viking


Biography
Tolstoy
A N Wilson
Hamish Hamilton


Poetry
The Automatic Oracle
Peter Porter
OUP


Children's Novel
Awaiting Developments
Judy Allen
Julia MacRae

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1987
BOOK OF THE YEAR
UNDER THE EYE OF THE CLOCK
Christopher Nolan
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
First Novel
The Other Garden
Francis Wyndham
Jonathan Cape


Novel
The Child in Time
Ian McEwan
Jonathan Cape
Biography
Under the Eye of the Clock
Christopher Nolan
Weidenfeld & Nicolson


Poetry
The Haw Lantern
Seamus Heaney
Faber & Faber
Children's Novel
A Little Lower than the Angels
Geraldine McCaughrean
OUP


1986
BOOK OF THE YEAR
AN ARTIST OF THE
Kazuo Ishiguro
Faber & Faber
FLOATING WORLD


First Novel
Continent
Jim Crace
Heinemann


Novel
An Artist of the Floating World
Kazuo Ishiguro
Faber & Faber


Biography
Gilbert White
Richard Mabey
Century Hutchinson


Poetry
Stet
Peter Reading
Secker & Warburg


Children's Novel
The Coal House
Andrew Taylor
Collins

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1985
BOOK OF THE YEAR

ELEGIES
Douglas Dunn
Faber & Faber


First Novel
Oranges are not the only Fruit
Jeanette Winterson
Pandora Press


Novel
Hawksmoor
Peter Ackroyd
Hamish Hamilton


Biography
Hugh Dalton
Ben Pimlott
Jonathan Cape


Poetry
Elegies
Douglas Dunn
Faber & Faber


Children’s Novel
The Nature of the Beast
Janni Howker
Julia MacRae
NB: The Whitbread Book of the Year was awarded for the first time in 1985 when the format of the Awards was changed. Prior to that, the Whitbread Literary Awards (as they were then called) were given as follows:


1984
First Novel
A Parish of Rich Women
James Buchan
Hamish Hamilton


Novel
Kruger's Alp
Christopher Hope
Heinemann


Biography
T S Eliot
Peter Ackroyd
Hamish Hamilton


Short Story
Tomorrow is our Permanent Address
Diane Rowe


Children’s Novel
The Queen of the Pharisees' Children
Barbara Willard
Julia MacRae

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1983
First Novel
Flying to Nowhere
John Fuller
Salamander Press


Novel
Fools of Fortune
William Trevor
Bodley Head


Joint Biography
Vita
Victoria Glendinning
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
King George V
Kenneth Rose
Weidenfeld & Nicolson


Children’s Novel
The Witches
Roald Dahl
Jonathan Cape


1982
First Novel
On the Black Hill
Bruce Chatwin
Jonathan Cape


Novel
Young Shoulders
John Wain
Macmillan


Biography
Bismarck
Edward Crankshaw
Macmillan


Children's Novel
The Song of Pentecost
W J Corbett
Methuen


1981
First Novel
A Good Man in Africa
William Boyd
Hamish Hamilton


Novel
Silver's City
Maurice Leitch
Secker & Warburg


Biography
Monty: The Making of a General
Nigel Hamilton
Hamish Hamilton


Children's Novel
The Hollow Land
Jane Gardam
Julia MacRae

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1980
Novel and Book of the Year
How Far Can You Go?
David Lodge
Secker & Warburg


Biography
On the Edge of Paradise:
A C Benson the Diarist
David Newsome
John Murrary


Children's Novel
John Diamond
Leon Garfield
Kestrel


1979
Novel
The Old Jest
Jennifer Johnston
Hamish Hamilton


Autobiography
About Time
Penelope Mortimer
Allen Lane


Children's Novel
Tulku
Peter Dickinson
Victor Gollancz


1978
Novel
Picture Palace
Paul Theroux
Hamish Hamilton


Biography
Lloyd George: The People's Champion
John Grigg
Methuen


Children’s Book
The Battle of Bubble & Squeak
Philippa Pearce
Andre Deutsch


1977
Novel
Injury Time
Beryl Bainbridge
Duckworth


Biography
Mary Curzon
Nigel Nicolson
Weidenfeld & Nicolson


Children’s Book
No End to Yesterday
Shelagh Macdonald
Andre Deutsch

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1976
Novel
The Children of Dynmouth
William Trevor
Bodley Head


Biography
Elizabeth Gaskell
Winifred Gerin
OUP


Children's Book
A Stitch in Time
Penelope Lively
William Heinemann


1975
Novel
Docherty
William McIlvanney
Allen & Unwin


Autobiography
In Our Infancy
Helen Corke
Cambridge University Press


First Book
The Improbable Puritan:
A Life of Bulstrode Whitelock
Ruth Spalding
Faber & Faber
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1974
Novel
The Sacred & Profane Love Machine
Iris Murdoch
Chatto & Windus


Biography
Poor Dear Brendan
Andrew Boyle
Hutchinson


Joint Children's Books
How Tom Beat Captain Najork & His Hired Sportsmen
Russell Hoban & Quentin Blake
Jonathan Cape
The Emperor's Winding Sheet
Jill Paton Walsh
Macmillan


First Book
The Life & Death of Mary Wollstonecraft
Claire Tomalin
Weidenfeld & Nicolson


1973
Novel
The Chip Chip Gatherers
Shiva Naipaul
Andre Deutsch


Biography
CB: A Life of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
John Wilson
Constable


Children's Book
The Butterfly Ball & The Grasshopper's Feast
Alan Aldridge & William Plomer
Jonathan Cape
1972
Novel
The Bird of Night
Susan Hill
Hamish Hamilton
Biography
Trollope
James Pope-Hennessey
Jonathan Cape
Children's Book
The Diddakoi
Rumer Godden
Macmillan

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1971
Novel
The Destiny Waltz
Gerda Charles
Eyre & Spottiswoode
Biography
Henrik Ibsen
Michael Meyer
Hart-Davis
Poetry
Mercian Hymns
Geoffrey Hill
Andre Deutsch

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