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Book awards

At Waterstones we love book awards. With them we champion the best publishing of the year to our customers, who might otherwise never know of the literary gems promoted by these prizes.

Costa  Book Awards

Since 1971 The Costa Book Awards have delighted and dazzled readers by picking the most enjoyable books published each year for the five category shortlists - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book.


Waterstones  Book of the Year

The Waterstones Book of The Year is unique in that nominations for the award are chosen solely by Waterstones booksellers. Every year, our booksellers nominate the book that caught their imagination more than any other, the one they believe truly stands out, in any genre.




The  Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize is the luminary literary event of the year - speak the name to any veteran bookseller and watch their eyes twinkle in remenicance of the books recogised by the award which has run every year since 1969.