Blog: Shortlist for the 2013 Costa Book Awards


Costa has announced the 2013 Costa Book Award shortlists. The Costa Book Awards recognise the most enjoyable books published in the last year by writers resident in the UK and Ireland. The five categories received 617 entries, and the shortlists where chosen by five panels of three judges each.

Each winner, announced 6 January 2014, will receive £5,000. The overall winner, announced 28 January 2014, will receive £30,000.

Novel Award:

Judges: Clemency Burton-Hill, Broadcaster and Author; Eithne Farry, Reviewer, Critic and Author, Books Editor at Marie Claire; Gerard Woodward, Author and Professor of Fiction at Bath Spa University

  • Book:Life After Life
  • Book:Unexpected Lessons in Love
  • Book:Instructions for a Heatwave
  • Book:All the Birds, Singing

First Novel Award:

Judges: Rachael Beale, Web Manager, London Review of Books; Fanny Blake, Novelist, Journalist and Books Editor of Woman & Home; Matthew Cain, Writer and Broadcaster

  • Book:Idiopathy (Sam Byers)
  • Book:Meeting the English
  • Book:The Shock of the Fall
  • Book:Marriage Material

Biography Award:

Judges: Anne de Courcy, Author; Paul Ross, Broadcaster and Journalist; Caroline Sanderson, Author, Reviewer and Non-Fiction Editor of The Bookseller

  • Book:Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins
  • Book:Hanns and Rudolf
  • Book:The Pike: Gabriele d'Annunzio
  • Book:The Trip to Echo Spring

Poetry Award:

Judges: John Burnside: Writer; Olivia Cole: Poet and Journalist; Daniel Eltringham: Poetry Buyer, Dulwich Books

  • Book:The Divine Comedy (Clive James)
  • Book:Division Street
  • Book:Hill of Doors
  • Book:Drysalter

Children's Book Award:

Judges: Jo Anne Cocadiz, Children’s Book Buyer, Foyles; Emma Kennedy, Author, Columnist and Scriptwriter; Philip Womack, Author and Critic

  • Book:Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door
  • Book:The Hanged Man Rises
  • Book:Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
  • Book:Rose Under Fire


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Book:Hanns and Rudolf

Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz

Thomas Harding

Book:The Pike: Gabriele d'Annunzio

The Pike: Gabriele d'Annunzio: Poet, Seducer & Preacher of War

Lucy Hughes-Hallett