The Mermaid of Black Conch (Paperback) The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz (Paperback) The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found (Paperback) Inside the Wave (Paperback) Days Without End (Paperback) The Lie Tree (Paperback) H is for Hawk (Paperback) The Shock of the Fall (Paperback) Bring Up the Bodies - The Wolf Hall Trilogy (Paperback) Pure (Paperback)

Costa Book of the Year previous winners

A wish list by Waterstones Booksellers

Take a look through the great and the glorious - the previous winners of the Costa Book of the Year award. NB. This list includes the former Whitbread Book of the Year books which were awarded for the first time in 1985 when the format of the Whitbread awards were changed.

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Set on an imaginary Caribbean island, this tantalising tale of disruption brought about by a beautiful stranger marries mythical elements with the piercing realism of everyday life.
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Former war reporter and author of The Good War, Jack Fairweather brings an expert’s understanding to the first history of Witold Pilecki, the Polish resistance agent who infiltrated Auschwitz, feeding back vital intelligence to the Allied forces. Impeccably researched and grippingly written, Fairweather’s important book illuminates the life of a forgotten hero.
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The enthralling story of a man's search for the truth about his family's past. This is an astonishing, moving reckoning with a young girl's struggle for survival during war. It is a story about the powerful love and challenges of foster families, and about the ways our most painful experiences - so crucial in defining us - can also be redefined.
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Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2017: The final collection by prizewinning poet and novelist Helen Dunmore. A symphony of poems about mortality, illness, being alive and the borderline between the living human world and the underworld. They possess a spare, eloquent lyricism as they explore the bliss and anguish of the voyage.
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After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, aged barely seventeen, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, fight in the Indian Wars and the Civil War. Having fled terrible hardships, their days are now vivid and filled with wonder, despite the horrors they both see and are complicit in. Then a young Indian girl crosses their path....
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A deliciously creepy novel from Frances Hardinge, the award-winning author of Cuckoo Song and Fly By Night.
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An audacious comingling of genres that reinvigorated the nature writing field, H is for Hawk recounts a year in the author’s life as she comes to terms with the loss of her father and trains a young goshawk.
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There are books you can't stop reading, which keep you up all night. There are books which let us into the hidden parts of life and make them vividly real. There are books which, because of the sheer skill with which every word is chosen, linger in your mind for days. The Shock of the Fall is all of these books. Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2013.
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The second part of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall Trilogy follows Thomas Cromwell as he manoeuvres himself ever-closer to Henry, and his plans – long in the making – come to thrilling and terrifying fruition.
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A sinuous recreation of Paris on the brink of revolution, Costa Book of the Year Award winning Pure employs the metaphor of a pungent burial ground for the fetid dregs of the Ancien Regime. Peopled with unforgettable characters rendered in viscerally elegant prose, Miller’s book interrogates notions of rationalism, integrity and progress, with visionary elan.
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Jo Shapcott's award-winning first three collections, gathered in Her Book: Poems 1988-1998, revealed her to be a writer of ingenuous, politically acute and provocative poetry, and rightly earned her a reputation as one of the most original and daring voices of her generation.
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Barry's multi-award-winning novel is a triumphant panorama of twentieth-century Ireland as told through the prism of a centenarian care home resident who has her own momentous story to tell.
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Alfred Day wanted his war. he found the wild, dark fellowship of his crew, and - most extraordinary of all - he found Joyce, a woman to love. Maybe it took him, too. Now in 1949, employed as an extra in a war film that echoes his real experience, Day begins to recall what he would rather forget...
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A panoramic epic, a magnificent piece of storytelling, an unforgettable debut novel
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Offers an exploration of Matisse's world, uncovering the secret life of the artist, whose paintings shocked and infuriated his contemporaries while paving the way for modern art. This volume tells the story of Matisse's growing artistic maturity and the relationship between his life and art from 1909 to 1954, his glory years.

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Small Island by bestselling author Andrea Levy won the Orange Prize for Fiction, as well as the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Whitbread. It is possibly the definitive fictional account of the experiences of the Empire Windrush generation. Now a major BBC drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Naomie Harris, its enduring appeal will captivate fans of Maya Angelou and Zadie Smith.
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The book that sparked the literary phenomenon of the generational crossover novel, Haddon’s unique mystery novel utilises the tropes of the whodunit to explore mental health and psychological disorders in an accessible and immediately relatable way. Beloved by both children and adults alike, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time has entered the fabric of British cultural life.
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Focuses on the remarkable diaries of Pepys and brings his story vividly to life once more.
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Will and Lyra, whose fates are bound together by powers beyond their own worlds, have been violently separated. But they must find each other, for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been - and a journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned...
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Told through entirely convincing multiple narrators on a voyage to a Tasmanian Garden of Eden, English Passengers is a thoroughly absorbing and scabrously funny evocation of the high seas and low morals of Victorian ideologues.
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Composed towards the end of the first millennium of our era, the Anglo-Saxon poem "Beowulf" is a Northern epic and a classic of European literature. In this new translation, Seamus Heaney has produced a work that is true, line by line, to the original poem.
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They were written over a period of more than twenty-five years, the first a few years after her suicide in 1963, and represent Ted Hughes's only account of his relationship with Plath and of the psychological drama that led both to the writing of her greatest poems and to her death.
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When Michael Hofmann and James Lasdun's ground-breaking anthology After Ovid (also Faber) was published in 1995, Hughes's three contributions to the collective effort were nominated by most critics as outstanding.
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The poems in Seamus Heaney's collection The Spirit Level keep discovering the possibilities of 'a new beginning' in all kinds of subjects and circumstances. What is at stake, in poem after poem, is the chance of buoyancy and balance, physical, spiritual and political.
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The award-winning debut novel by the bestselling author of Big Sky, Behind the Scenes at the Museum is a sprightly and touching family saga, told through the prism of a young girl’s journey to adulthood.
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'You're beautiful,' Johnny told her. So, full of hope, seventeen-year-old Felicia crosses the Irish Sea to England to find her lover and tell him she is pregnant. Desperately searching for Johnny in the bleak post-industrial Midlands, she is instead found by Mr Hilditch, a strange and lonely man, a collector and befriender of homeless young girls.
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From the infamous Glasgow slum, the Gorbals, Tam Clay chronicles a week in his life, in the last days before the demolishers move in. Wildly funny, outlandish and insanely ambitious - thirty years in the writing - Torrington's pulverised '60s Glasgow is crammed to the crevices with a blizzard of his unique and insatiable genius.
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From 1950 to 1962, John Richardson lived near Picasso in France and was a friend of the artist. After Picasso's death, his widow Jacqueline collaborated in the preparation of this work, giving Richardson access to Picasso's studio and papers.
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Through a dialogue between two lovers, this book retells the history of Europe of the twenties and thirties. It weaves together disparate strands of landscape to take the reader on a journey through Spain, London, Soviet Russia, North Africa and middle Europe.
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Winner of the 1989 Whitbread Prize for Book of the Year, this is the first volume of Holmes's seminal two-part examination of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, one of Britain's greatest poets.
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A powerful and moving autobiography from a gifted writer who has been compared to Joyce and Yeats. 'A book of sheer wonder. As an author he competes as an equal with the ablest of them' DAILY EXPRESS
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Ishiguro’s subtle unpacking of Japanese militarism and the disorientation that accompanies widespread change, An Artist of the Floating World looks back at the trauma of the early 20th century through the eyes of a once lauded painter. Never cheaply judgmental or crudely melodramatic, Ishiguro interrogates the politicisation of art and the relinquishing of pride in a mature and balanced novel.

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Winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year in 1985, these poems were written after the death of Douglas Dunn's first wife in March 1981.

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