Costa Book Awards 2015 Shortlists Announced

Posted on 18th November 2015 by Sally Campbell
Twenty nominated writers, five categories and £30,000 to the overall winner. The Costa Book Awards are on.

The Costa Book Awards are unique in that firstly, they are only open to residents of the UK and Ireland, and secondly, they split entries into five shortlists: Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s.

The Novel Award shortlist includes some real heavyweights, such as Kate Atkinson and Anne Enright, as well as bestseller Patrick Gale’s dark but beautiful novel, A Place Called Winter, which we reviewed earlier in the year.

Sara Baume’s gorgeous debut Spill Simmer Falter Wither has been nominated in the Costa First Novel Award category, as has Andrew Michael Hurley's sinister novel, The Lonely. Read a short piece written by Sara and one by Andrew, here on the blog.

Biographies of Lewis Carroll and John Aubrey will compete against the astonishing and fascinating book, The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding.

While in the Poetry and Children’s categories,  Don Paterson’s 40 Sonnets and Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree are both contenders.

There is an initial winner from each category – to be announced on the 4th January - and then the final, overall winner is announced on January 26th and receives £30,000 in prize money. 

Browse the full lists below:

2015 Costa Novel Award shortlist

Kate Atkinson for A God in Ruins (Doubleday)

Anne Enright The Green Road (Jonathan Cape)

Patrick Gale for A Place Called Winter (Tinder Press)

Melissa Harrison for At Hawthorn Time (Bloomsbury)


2015 Costa First Novel Award shortlist

Sara Baume for Spill Simmer Falter Wither (Windmill Books)

Kate Hamer for The Girl in the Red Coat (Faber & Faber)

Andrew Michael Hurley for The Loney (John Murray)

Tasha Kavanagh for Things We Have in Common (Canongate)


2015 Costa Biography Award shortlist

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst for The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland (Harvill Secker)

Thomas Harding for The House by the Lake (William Heinemann)

Ruth Scurr for John Aubrey: My Own Life (Chatto & Windus)

Andrea Wulf for The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science (John Murray)


2015 Costa Poetry Award shortlist

Andrew McMillan for Physical (Jonathan Cape)

Kate Miller for The Observances (Carcanet)

Don Paterson for 40 Sonnets (Faber & Faber)

Neil Rollinson for Talking Dead (Jonathan Cape)


2015 Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist

Frances Hardinge for The Lie Tree (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Hayley Long for Sophie Someone (Hot Key Books)

Sally Nicholls for An Island of Our Own (Scholastic)

Andrew Norriss for Jessica’s Ghost (David Fickling Books)



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