Costa book awards

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Shock ending: how the Costa book awards changed reading – and pitted husband against wife
After 50 years, the prize has been scrapped. How did it change Britain’s literary landscape? And what happened at the awards when Margaret Drabble was seated next to Theresa May?

Claire Armitstead

23, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Costa book awards scrapped suddenly after 50 years
Coffee company announces ‘difficult decision’ to end the prizes, sparking a chorus of disappointment across the books industry

David Barnett

10, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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‘The pendulum has swung’: Why we female Trinidadian writers are having our moment
Monique Roffey, the Costa-winning author of The Mermaid of Black Conch, on the lit-boom that’s happening on the Caribbean island

Monique Roffey

03, May, 2022 @1:03 PM

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Costa winner Hannah Lowe: ‘Should teachers write about students? That question’s too categorical’
The teacher-turned-poet on getting into writing later in life, the ethics of poems about former students and how her years working in schools shaped her thinking

Alison Flood

04, Feb, 2022 @4:04 PM

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‘Uplifting’ book of sonnets by Hannah Lowe wins Costa book of the year
The Kids, based on the former teacher’s experiences, was described by chair Reeta Chakrabarti as ‘a book to fall in love with’, as Lowe receives £30,000 prize

Alison Flood

01, Feb, 2022 @7:30 PM

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Caleb Azumah Nelson wins Costa first novel award for Open Water
Judges praise ‘searingly intimate’ debut, while Claire Fuller wins best novel and John Preston takes biography prize

Alison Flood

04, Jan, 2022 @7:30 PM

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Costa prize 2021 shortlists highlight climate anxiety
Jessie Greengrass’s novel The High House, set in a flood-devastated Suffolk was one of several of the nominees to focus on global heating, said judges

Alison Flood

23, Nov, 2021 @7:30 PM

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Monique Roffey: ‘William Golding’s The Inheritors gave me ideas for how I could write a mermaid’
The Costa winner on the James Baldwin novel she most cherishes, devouring Willard Price adventures as a child, and the sex scene she wishes she had written

Monique Roffey

09, Jul, 2021 @9:00 AM

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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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