Costa Book Awards Shortlists Revealed

The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year. This year's shortlists have been announced with a number of our titles nominated in the First Novel, Novel, Biography and Poetry categories. 

Shortlisted, Costa First Novel Award

Pieces of Me by Natalie Hart

Narrated by Penelope Rawlins

Described by the judges as 'a beautiful and heartfelt debut about identity and belonging.' 

Available from January 2019 


Shortlisted, Costa Novel Award

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Narrated by Aoife McMahon

A bold, fresh and intensely modern novel, from the author of the critically acclaimed debut Conversations with Friends.

Available now on Audio and eBook

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker 

Narrated by Michael Fox and Kristin Atherton

A re-imagining of the most famous conflict in literature - the legendary Trojan War.

Available in December 

From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan

Narrated by Ramon Tikaram, Stephen Hogan and Gerry O'Brien

From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, the lives of three men are drawn together in the most unexpected of ways.

Available now on Audio and eBook


Shortlisted, Costa Biography Award

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Narrated by Anne Reid

An uplifting tale following Raynor and her husband Moth, who lost everything and embarked on a journey of salvation across the windswept South West coastline. The judges described the book as 'an absolutely brilliant story that needs to be told about the human capacity to endure and keep putting one foot in front of another.' 

Available now on Audio and eBook

To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine

Narrated by Jasmine Blackborow 

Viv Albertine has always been obsessed with the truth: the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel. In this gaping wound of a memoir, she excavates the fear, loneliness and anger that always lie beneath. 

Released in April 2019


Shortlisted, Costa Poetry Award

Us by Zaffar Kunial

Described by the judges as ‘an outstanding collection bursting with multi-lingual puns and warm-hearted childhood reminiscences,' Us is Zaffar Kunial's debut collection.

Soho by Richard Scott

In this intimate and vital debut, Richard Scott creates
an uncompromising portrait of love and shame,
drawing upon his experience of London’s gay

Both released in February 2019 as part of our exciting new Faber poetry collection!

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