Blog: Shortlist for the 2012 Costa Book Awards


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.

Novel Award:

Judges: Sam Baker, Novelist and Editor-in-Chief, Red Magazine; Toby Clements, Book Reviewer and Author; Wendy Holden, Author.

  • Book:Bring Up the Bodies
  • Book:Life! Death! Prizes!
  • Book:The Heart Broke In
  • Book:Days of the Bagnold Summer

First Novel Award:

Judges: Janet Ellis, Actress and Broadcaster; Alison Flood, Books Journalist; Mark Watson, Author and Comedian

  • Book:The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder
  • Book:Snake Ropes
  • Book:The Innocents (Francesca Segal)
  • Book:The Bellwether Revivals

Biography Award:

Judges: Valerie Grove, Journalist and Biographer; Ron Johns, Managing Director, Mabecron Books; DJ Taylor, Novelist and Biographer

  • Book:Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure
  • Book:The Crocodile by the Door
  • Book:Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household
  • Book:Dotter of Her Father's Eyes

Poetry Award:

Judges: Ted Hodgkinson, Online Editor, Granta; Daljit Nagra, Poet; Susan Sinclair, Divisional Manager, Foyles

  • Book:Bee Journal: Poetry
  • Book:The World's Two Smallest Humans: Poetry
  • Book:People Who Like Meatballs
  • Book:The Overhaul: Poetry

Children's Book Award:

Judges: Sarah Clarke, Range Manager, Waterstones; Marcus Sedgwick, Writer; Matt Whyman, Author

  • Book:Maggot Moon
  • Book:The Seeing (Diana Hendry)
  • Book:What's Up with Jody Barton?
  • Book:A Boy and a Bear in a Boat


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