Costa book awards

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'I'm flabbergasted': Monique Roffey on women, whiteness and winning the Costa
The Mermaid of Black Conch’s author explains why she expected ‘a quiet life’ for the formally daring, magical realist novel that has been declared book of the year

Claire Armitstead

27, Jan, 2021 @1:00 PM

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'Utterly original' Monique Roffey wins Costa book of the year
The Mermaid of Black Conch takes £30,000 award for 2020’s most enjoyable book, acclaimed by judges a classic in the making

Alison Flood

26, Jan, 2021 @7:30 PM

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Lee Lawrence: 'I loved revisiting the parts of my childhood before the shooting'
The award-winning author on the memoir he has written about his mother, who was left paralysed after being shot by London police in front of her family

Jude Rogers

23, Jan, 2021 @6:00 PM

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Lee Lawrence’s memoir of his mother’s shooting by police wins Costa award
The Louder I Will Sing wins best biography, with other prizes including best novel for Monique Roffey and posthumous poetry honour for Eavan Boland

Alison Flood

04, Jan, 2021 @7:30 PM

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Top 10 books about mermaids | Monique Roffey
Away from Disney’s candied revisions, these stories – from Hans Christian Andersen to Helen Dunmore – tell archetypal truths about women’s experience

Monique Roffey

09, Dec, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Costa book awards: Susanna Clarke nominated for second novel after 16-year wait
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell author picked for Piranesi, alongside Denise Mina, Julian Barnes and the late Eavan Boland, in prizes for ‘enjoyable’ books

Alison Flood

24, Nov, 2020 @7:30 PM

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Maggie O'Farrell: 'I wrote at least 17 separate drafts of After You'd Gone'
The Costa and Women’s prize winner on the long gestation of her debut novel

Maggie O’Farrell

17, Oct, 2020 @10:00 AM

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton review – irresistible maritime mystery
Murder, conspiracy and gothic mayhem abound in the follow-up to The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, set during a 17th-century ocean voyage

M John Harrison

02, Oct, 2020 @6:30 AM

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Stories of resistance efforts in Auschwitz | Letter
Letter: Harry Schneider on the Polish resistance leader and intelligence agent Witold Pilecki


04, Feb, 2020 @6:39 PM

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Dispatches from hell: the extraordinary story of the hero who infiltrated Auschwitz
This week Jack Fairweather won the Costa Prize for his book The Volunteer. It is the biography of Polish resistance leader and intelligence agent Witold Pilecki, who had himself deliberately interned in the death camp

Claire Armitstead

29, Jan, 2020 @4:48 PM

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Costa prize: Jack Fairweather wins book of the year with The Volunteer
Biography of Witold Pilecki, a Polish resistance fighter who infiltrated Auschwitz, hailed as extraordinary

Lanre Bakare

28, Jan, 2020 @7:30 PM

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Sara Collins: ‘I can’t even start James Joyce’s Ulysses, let alone finish it'
This year’s winner of the Costa first novel award on James Baldwin’s perfect love story and why she reads essays for comfort

Sara Collins

17, Jan, 2020 @10:00 AM

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