The Costa Book of the Year Awards 2021 Overall Winner

It is our great pleasure to confirm The Kids by Hannah Lowe as the overall winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2021.

Drawing from her experiences as a teacher in a London inner city school and her own coming of age in the riotous 1980s and 90s, Lowe’s powerful poetry collection mines themes from time and identity to growing up and parenthood. Life-affirming and shot through with empathy and joy, The Kids celebrates the way life allows us to learn from each other in often unexpected ways.

 

‘Hannah Lowe’s The Kids is a book to fall in love with – it’s joyous, it’s warm and it’s completely universal. It’s crafted and skilful but also accessible. Words from the judges were ‘insightful’, ‘empathetic’, ‘generous’, ‘funny’, ‘compassionate’, ‘uplifting’. You will love it!’

REETA CHAKRABARTI, Chair of Judges

The Costa Award Category Winners 2021

Unsettled Ground
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Open Water
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The Costa Novel Award 2021 Winner

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In sharp yet sumptuous prose, Fuller paints a stunning portrait of two middle-aged twins whose carefully cultivated existence on the fringes of society begins to unravel following the death of their mother.
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The Costa First Novel Award 2021 Winner

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A tender and emotionally complex debut about the relationship between two young Black British artists, Open Water shines a light on the ways love and race can be interlinked in modern society.
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The Costa Biography Award 2021 Winner

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The meteoric rise and ignominious fall of mogul and swindler Robert Maxwell told with irresistible pace and verve from the acclaimed author of A Very English Scandal.
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The Costa Poetry Award 2021 Winner

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A powerful exploration of time, growth, identity and negotiating an unknown future, The Kids draws lessons from both the poet’s experiences as a teacher in a London inner city school and her own childhood shaped by a completely different kind of age.
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The Costa Children's Book Award 2021 Winner

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Bold, unique and life-affirming, The Crossing is a powerful verse novel about two teenagers from opposite worlds dealing with different kinds of loss as their paths unexpectedly entwine.
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