Costa Book Awards 2016 category winners announced
In the UK, the five category winners for the 2016 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The winners are Days Without End (Sebastian Barry, Faber) for best novel; Golden Hill (Francis Spufford, Faber) for best first novel; Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory (Keggie Carew, Chatto&Windus) for biography; Falling Awake (Alice Oswald, Jonathan Cape) for poetry; and The Bombs That Brought Us Together (Brian Conaghan, Bloomsbury) for best children’s book. The winners were revealed on 3 January, with each author to receive £5000 (A$10,363). The five category winners will go on to compete for the £30,000 (A$62,177) Costa Book of the Year award, to be announced on 31 January. The Costa Awards, previously known as the Whitbread Book Awards before 2006, are awarded annually to ‘outstanding’ books by UK or Irish authors. As previously reported by Books+Publishing, last year’s Book of the Year winner, The Lie Tree (Frances Hardinge, Macmillan Children’s Books), was the second children’s book to win the overall award. For more information about each of the winners, visit the Costa Awards website here.