The Costa Book Awards

The Costa Book of the Year Winner: The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es

The Seabird's Cry by Adam Nicolson
 

Inaugurated in 1971 as the Whitbread Book Awards, for almost five decades the Costa Book Awards have reflected and championed the finest writing from authors and poets resident in Britain and Ireland. Tonight’s winner clearly continues that grand tradition.

Bart van Es’s voyage into his own family’s past, pricked with truth and revelation, lends a very personal edge to the broader history of the Jewish experience in the occupied wartime Netherlands. For the woman a younger van Es had blankly understood as his father’s adoptive sister, the war had been an experience of incalculable loss and cruelty. Ultimately estranged from the very family who had saved her, van Es's journey is one of understanding and reconciliation.

The Cut Out Girl brims with compassion and dignity, and stands as an important Costa Book of the Year victory for a time of tragic social division.

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Pain, secrets and family misunderstandings frame Bart van Es’s affecting account of his own family’s wartime legacy. Lien is Jewish, elderly, a woman who van Es at first understands as a girl who had been an adoptive sister to his father. Soon enough, van Es uncovers a far darker tale, a story where a young girl is forced to find salvation by abandoning her parents and her religion, and where that salvation was sometimes anything but. Unflinching in its revelatory gaze, The Cut Out Girl is a moving exploration of two families tied by horror.

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The Costa Book Award 2018 Category Winners

Normal People
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The Skylarks' War
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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
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Costa Novel Award 2018 Shortlist

From Pat Barker’s breath-taking revision to The Iliad to Sally Rooney’s exquisite and universal tale of love, Normal People, four powerful fiction titles vie for the category crown.

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Costa First Novel Award 2018 Shortlist

A stunning year for debuts is admirably represented by the Costa judges, including Stuart Turton’s smash-hit, time-twisting tale of murder and surprise, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

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Costa Poetry Award 2018 Shortlist

Last year, the Costas belonged to poetry, with Helen Dunmore’s movingly posthumous win for her matchless final collection Inside the Wave. Including Faber New PoetsZaffar Kunial’s acclaimed Us, 2018’s selection holds real promise.

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Costa Biography Award 2018 Shortlist

Biography was another strong category for 2018, the nominees this year including Viv Albertine’s slam-dunk of a midlife memoir To Throw Away Unopened  and Benjamin Zephaniah’s powerful Life and Rhymes.

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Costa Children's Book Award 2018 Shortlist

The wonderful David Almond returns to the Costa shortlists with The Colour of the Sun, his first nominated novel since 2006’s Clay. Will 2018 prove to be his victory year? 

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Previous Winners...

Inside the Wave
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Days Without End
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The Lie Tree
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Of Mutability
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A Scattering
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The Secret Scripture
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Day
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The Tenderness of Wolves
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