Costa has announced the 2012 Costa Book Award shortlists. The Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books published in the last year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. The five categories received 550 entries, and the shortlists where chosen by five panels of three judges each.
Each winner, announced 2 January 2013, will receive £5,000. The overall winner, announced 29 January 2012, will receive £30,000.
Judges: Sam Baker, Novelist and Editor-in-Chief, Red Magazine; Toby Clements, Book Reviewer and Author; Wendy Holden, Author.
Judges: Janet Ellis, Actress and Broadcaster; Alison Flood, Books Journalist; Mark Watson, Author and Comedian
Judges: Valerie Grove, Journalist and Biographer; Ron Johns, Managing Director, Mabecron Books; DJ Taylor, Novelist and Biographer
Judges: Ted Hodgkinson, Online Editor, Granta; Daljit Nagra, Poet; Susan Sinclair, Divisional Manager, Foyles
Judges: Sarah Clarke, Range Manager, Waterstones; Marcus Sedgwick, Writer; Matt Whyman, Author