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Tuesday, January 6, 2009 10:22 am
Costa Awards Announces Category Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The Costa Awards announced winners in the individual awards categories. Lifetime free coffee refills went to:

First Novel

The Outcast, by Sadie Jones (HarperCollins)

Novel

The Secret Scripture, by Sebastian Barry (Viking)

Biography

Somewhere Towards The End, by Diana Athill (Norton)

Poetry

The Broken Word, by Adam Foulds (Jonathan Cape)

Children’s Book

Just Henry, by Michelle Magorian (Egmont)

The prize isn’t really lifetime free refills (Which it should be. I mean, $4 bucks a cup? Come on!), but 5,000 pounds, or $7,347 US.

However, the nail-biting is not quite over. Costa has yet to pick the overall winner from the five individual category winners. That prize is worth 25,000 pounds, which buys a heck of a lot of coffee.

So who will win? The novice, The Man Booker also-ran, the oldest category winner in the 31-year history of the Costa Awards, those other two we didn’t get a chance to review? Stay tuned, the overall winner will be announced later this month.

One Response to “Costa Awards Announces Category Winners”
  1. Book Blog - Likely Stories, by Keir Graff - Booklist Online » Blog Archive » Barry Barely Wins the Costa Says:

    [...] Costa awards judges finally chose a winner, although it seems they had some reservations about their choice. Sebastian [...]


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