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From 1971 to 2021 the Costa Book award was one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognised some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK mostrar mais and Ireland. The Costa Book Awards is unique in many ways, not least in having five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book. The winner in each category receives £5,000. One of these five books is selected as the overall winner of the Book of the Year and receives a further £25,000, making a total prize fund of £50,000. It is the only prize which places children's books alongside adult books in this way.

The Costa Book Awards started life in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards. From 1985 they were known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2006, when Costa Coffee took over ownership - the year that both Costa and the Book Awards celebrated their 35th anniversary. Since 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

Since the introduction of the overall Book of the Year Award in 1985, it has been won seven times by a novel, three times by a first novel, five times by a biography, five times by a collection of poetry and once by a children's book. The 2021 Costa Book Awards held in February 2022 was our 50th and final awards.
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Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell de John PrestonBiography2021
Consumed: A Sister's Story de Arifa AkbarBiography2021
The Moth and the Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest de Ed CaesarBiography2021
Free: Coming of Age at the End of History de Lea YpiBiography2021
The Crossing de Manjeet MannChildren's Book2021
Maggie Blue and the Dark World de Anna GoodallChildren's Book2021
The Midnight Guardians de Ross MontgomeryChildren's Book2021
The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh de Helen RutterChildren's Book2021
Open Water de Caleb Azumah NelsonFirst Novel2021
The Manningtree Witches de A. K. BlakemoreFirst Novel2021
Fault Lines de Emily ItamiFirst Novel2021
The Stranding de Kate SawyerFirst Novel2021
Unsettled Ground de Claire FullerNovel2021
The High House de Jessie GreengrassNovel2021
The Fortune Men de Nadifa MohamedNovel2021
The Island of Missing Trees de Elif ShafakNovel2021
The Kids de Hannah LowePoetry2021
All The Names Given de Raymond AntrobusPoetry2021
A Blood Condition de Kayo ChingonyiPoetry2021
Eat or We Both Starve de Victoria KennefickPoetry2021
The Louder I Will Sing de Lee LawrenceBiography2020
The Man in the Red Coat de Julian BarnesBiography2020
Dear Life: A Doctor's Story of Love and Loss de Rachel ClarkeBiography2020
Ghost Town: A Liverpool Shadowplay de Jeff YoungBiography2020
Voyage of the Sparrowhawk de Natasha FarrantChildren's Book2020
Wranglestone de Darren CharltonChildren's Book2020
The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates de Jenny PearsonChildren's Book2020
The Great Godden de Meg RosoffChildren's Book2020
Love After Love de Ingrid PersaudFirst Novel2020
Big Girl, Small Town de Michelle GallenFirst Novel2020
The Family Tree de Sairish HussainFirst Novel2020
All the Water in the World de Karen RaneyFirst Novel2020
The Mermaid of Black Conch de Monique RoffeyNovel2020
Piranesi de Susanna ClarkeNovel2020
Peace Talks de Tim FinchNovel2020
The Less Dead de Denise MinaNovel2020
The Historians: Poems de Eavan BolandPoetry2020
The Air Year de Caroline BirdPoetry2020
My Darling from the Lions de Rachel LongPoetry2020
Citadel de Martha SpracklandPoetry2020
The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz de Jack FairweatherBiography2019
On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons de Laura CummingBiography2019
In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin de Lindsey HilsumBiography2019
The Making of Poetry de Adam NicolsonBiography2019
Asha & the Spirit Bird de Jasbinder BilanChildren's Book2019
Crossfire de Malorie BlackmanChildren's Book2019
In the Shadow of Heroes de Nicholas BowlingChildren's Book2019
Furious Thing de Jenny DownhamChildren's Book2019
The Confessions of Frannie Langton de Sara CollinsFirst Novel2019
Diary of a Somebody de Brian BilstonFirst Novel2019
Queenie de Candice Carty-WilliamsFirst Novel2019
The Other Half of Augusta Hope de Joanna GlenFirst Novel2019
Middle England de Jonathan CoeNovel2019
Starling Days de Rowan Hisayo BuchananNovel2019
Confession With Blue Horses de Sophie HardachNovel2019
Shadowplay de Joseph O'ConnorNovel2019
Flèche de Mary Jean ChanPoetry2019
Surge de Jay BernardPoetry2019
The Mizzy de Paul FarleyPoetry2019
Reckless Paper Birds de John McCulloughPoetry2019
The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found de Bart Van EsBiography2018
To Throw Away Unopened: A Memoir de Viv AlbertineBiography2018
The Salt Path de Raynor WinnBiography2018
The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography de Benjamin ZephaniahBiography2018
The Skylarks' War de Hilary McKayChildren's Book2018
The Color of the Sun de David AlmondChildren's Book2018
Orphan Monster Spy de Matt KilleenChildren's Book2018
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle de Stuart TurtonFirst Novel2018
Pieces of Me de Natalie HartFirst Novel2018
An Unremarkable Body de Elisa LodatoFirst Novel2018
Meet Me at the Museum de Anne YoungsonFirst Novel2018
Normal People de Sally RooneyNovel2018
O Silêncio das Mulheres de Pat BarkerNovel2018
The Italian Teacher de Tom RachmanNovel2018
From a Low and Quiet Sea de Donal RyanNovel2018
Assurances de Jo MorganPoetry2018
Us de Zaffar KunialPoetry2018
Soho (Faber Poetry) de Richard ScottPoetry2018
Three Poems de Hannah SullivanPoetry2018
In the Days of Rain de Rebecca StottBiography2017
Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up de Xiaolu GuoBiography2017
A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini de Caroline MooreheadBiography2017
Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table de Stephen WestabyBiography2017
The Explorer de Katherine RundellChildren's Book2017
Moonrise de Sarah CrossanChildren's Book2017
Wed Wabbit de Lissa EvansChildren's Book2017
The Island at the End of Everything de Kiran Millwood HargraveChildren's Book2017
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine de Gail HoneymanFirst Novel2017
The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times de Xan BrooksFirst Novel2017
Montpelier Parade de Karl GearyFirst Novel2017
The Haunting of Henry Twist de Rebecca F JohnFirst Novel2017
Reservoir 13 de Jon McGregorNovel2017
Under a Pole Star de Stef PenneyNovel2017
Home Fire de Kamila ShamsieNovel2017
Tin Man de Sarah WinmanNovel2017
Inside the Wave de Helen DunmorePoetry2017
Kumukanda de Kayo ChingonyiPoetry2017
On balance de Sinéad MorrisseyPoetry2017
Useful Verses de Richard OsmondPoetry2017
Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory de Keggie CarewBiography2016
Elizabeth: The Later Years de John GuyBiography2016
The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between de Hisham MatarBiography2016
I'm Not with the Band: A Writer's Life Lost in Music de Sylvia PattersonBiography2016
The Bombs That Brought Us Together de Brian ConaghanChildren's Book2016
Orangeboy de Patrice LawrenceChildren's Book2016
The Monstrous Child de Francesca SimonChildren's Book2016
Time Travelling with a Hamster de Ross WelfordChildren's Book2016
Golden Hill de Francis SpuffordFirst Novel2016
The Good Guy de Susan BealeFirst Novel2016
My Name Is Leon de Kit de WaalFirst Novel2016
The Words in My Hand de Guinevere GlasfurdFirst Novel2016
Days without End de Sebastian BarryNovel2016
This Must Be the Place de Maggie O'FarrellNovel2016
The Essex Serpent de Sarah PerryNovel2016
The Gustav Sonata de Rose TremainNovel2016
Falling awake de Alice OswaldPoetry2016
Say Something Back de Denise RileyPoetry2016
Let Them Eat Chaos de Kae TempestPoetry2016
The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science de Andrea WulfBiography2015
The story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the secret history of Wonderland de Robert Douglas-FairhurstBiography2015
The House by the Lake: One House, Five Families, and a Hundred Years of German History de Thomas HardingBiography2015
John Aubrey: my own life de Ruth ScurrBiography2015
The Lie Tree de Frances HardingeChildren's Book2015
Sophie Someone de Hayley LongChildren's Book2015
An Island of Our Own de Sally NichollsChildren's Book2015
Friends for Life de Andrew NorrissChildren's Book2015
The Loney de Andrew Michael HurleyFirst Novel2015
Spill Simmer Falter Wither de Sara BaumeFirst Novel2015
The Girl in the Red Coat de Kate HamerFirst Novel2015
Things We Have in Common de Tasha KavanaghFirst Novel2015
A God in Ruins de Kate AtkinsonNovel2015
The Green Road de Anne EnrightNovel2015
A Place Called Winter de Patrick GaleNovel2015
At Hawthorn Time de Melissa HarrisonNovel2015
40 Sonnets de Don PatersonPoetry2015
Physical de Andrew McMillanPoetry2015
H Is for Hawk de Helen MacdonaldBiography2014
Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life de John CampbellBiography2014
The Iceberg de Marion CouttsBiography2014
Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery de Henry MarshBiography2014
Five Children on the Western Front de Kate SaundersChildren's Book2014
Listen to the Moon de Michael MorpurgoChildren's Book2014
The Ghosts of Heaven de Marcus SedgwickChildren's Book2014
Elizabeth Is Missing de Emma HealeyFirst Novel2014
A Song for Issy Bradley de Carys BrayFirst Novel2014
Academy Street de Mary CostelloFirst Novel2014
Chop Chop de Simon WroeFirst Novel2014
How to Be Both de Ali SmithNovel2014
The Lives of Others de Neel MukherjeeNovel2014
House of Ashes de Monique RoffeyNovel2014
Nora Webster de Colm TóibínNovel2014
My Family and Other Superheroes de Jonathan EdwardsPoetry2014
The Whole & Rain-domed Universe de Colette BrycePoetry2014
A Double Sorrow: Troilus and Criseyde de Lavinia GreenlawPoetry2014
The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion de Kei MillerPoetry2014
The Pike de Lucy Hughes-HallettBiography2013
Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins de Gavin FrancisBiography2013
Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz de Thomas HardingBiography2013
The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking de Olivia LaingBiography2013
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse de Chris RiddellChildren's Book2013
Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door de Ross MontgomeryChildren's Book2013
The Hanged Man Rises de Sarah NaughtonChildren's Book2013
Rose Under Fire de Elizabeth WeinChildren's Book2013
Onde a lua não está de Nathan FilerFirst Novel2013
Idiopathy de Sam ByersFirst Novel2013
Meeting the English de Kate ClanchyFirst Novel2013
Marriage Material de Sathnam SangheraFirst Novel2013
Life After Life de Kate AtkinsonNovel2013
Unexpected Lessons in Love de Bernardine BishopNovel2013
Instructions for a Heatwave de Maggie O'FarrellNovel2013
All the Birds, Singing de Evie WyldNovel2013
Drysalter de Michael Symmons RobertsPoetry2013
Division Street de Helen MortPoetry2013
Hill of Doors de Robin RobertsonPoetry2013
Dotter of her Father's Eyes de Mary M. TalbotBiography2012
Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure de Artemis CooperBiography2012
The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family de Selina GuinnessBiography2012
Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household de Kate HubbardBiography2012
Maggot Moon de Sally GardnerChildren's Book2012
The Seeing de Diana HendryChildren's Book2012
What's Up with Jody Barton? de Hayley LongChildren's Book2012
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat de Dave SheltonChildren's Book2012
The Innocents de Francesca SegalFirst Novel2012
The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder de J. W. IronmongerFirst Novel2012
Snake Ropes de Jess RichardsFirst Novel2012
The Bellwether Revivals de Benjamin WoodFirst Novel2012
Bring Up the Bodies de Hilary MantelNovel2012
Life! Death! Prizes! de Stephen MayNovel2012
The Heart Broke In de James MeekNovel2012
Days of the Bagnold Summer de Joff WinterhartNovel2012
The Overhaul de Kathleen JamiePoetry2012
Bee Journal de Sean BorodalePoetry2012
The World's Two Smallest Humans de Julia CopusPoetry2012
People Who Like Meatballs de Selima HillPoetry2012
Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas de Matthew HollisBiography2011
Thin Paths: Journeys in and around an Italian Mountain Village de Julia BlackburnBiography2011
Henry's Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son's Story de Patrick CockburnBiography2011
Charles Dickens: A Life de Claire TomalinBiography2011
Blood Red Road de Moira YoungChildren's Book2011
Flip de Martyn BedfordChildren's Book2011
The Unforgotten Coat de Frank Cottrell BoyceChildren's Book2011
Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms: Magic, Mystery, & a Very Strange Adventure de Lissa EvansChildren's Book2011
Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away de Christie WatsonFirst Novel2011
City of Bohane de Kevin BarryFirst Novel2011
The Last Hundred Days de Patrick McGuinnessFirst Novel2011
Pao de Kerry YoungFirst Novel2011
Pure de Andrew MillerNovel2011
The Sense of an Ending de Julian BarnesNovel2011
A Summer of Drowning de John BurnsideNovel2011
My Dear I Wanted to Tell You de Louisa YoungNovel2011
The Bees de Carol Ann DuffyPoetry2011
Night de David HarsentPoetry2011
Fiere de Jackie KayPoetry2011
November de Sean O'BrienPoetry2011
A lebre com olhos de âmbar de Edmund De WaalBiography2010
How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer de Sarah BakewellBiography2010
My Father's Fortune: A Life de Michael FraynBiography2010
Out of Shadows de Jason WallaceChildren's Book2010
Flyaway de Lucy ChristopherChildren's Book2010
Annexed de Sharon DogarChildren's Book2010
The Ring of Solomon de Jonathan StroudChildren's Book2010
Witness the Night de Kishwar DesaiFirst Novel2010
Coconut Unlimited de Nikesh ShuklaFirst Novel2010
The Temple-goers de Aatish TaseerFirst Novel2010
Not Quite White de Simon ThirskFirst Novel2010
The Hand That First Held Mine de Maggie O'FarrellNovel2010
Whatever You Love de Louise DoughtyNovel2010
The Blasphemer de Nigel FarndaleNovel2010
Skippy Dies de Paul MurrayNovel2010
Of Mutability de Jo ShapcottPoetry2010
Standard Midland de Roy FisherPoetry2010
The Wrecking Light de Robin RobertsonPoetry2010
New Light for the Old Dark de Sam WillettsPoetry2010
The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom de Graham FarmeloBiography2009
The Music Room de William FiennesBiography2009
Coda de Simon GrayBiography2009
Dancing to the Precipice: The Life of Lucie de la Tour du Pin, Eyewitness to an Era de Caroline MooreheadBiography2009
The Ask and the Answer de Patrick NessChildren's Book2009
Solace of the Road de Siobhán DowdChildren's Book2009
Troubadour de Mary HoffmanChildren's Book2009
Guantanamo Boy de Anna PereraChildren's Book2009
Beauty de Raphael SelbourneFirst Novel2009
The Finest Type of English Womanhood de Rachel HeathFirst Novel2009
John the Revelator de Peter MurphyFirst Novel2009
The Girl with Glass Feet de Ali ShawFirst Novel2009
Brooklyn de Colm TóibínNovel2009
Family Album de Penelope LivelyNovel2009
Wolf Hall de Hilary MantelNovel2009
The Elephant Keeper de Christopher NicholsonNovel2009
A Scattering de Christopher ReidPoetry2009
Angels Over Elsinore: Collected Verse 2003-2008 de Clive JamesPoetry2009
One Eye'd Leigh de Katharine KilaleaPoetry2009
Darwin: A Life in Poems de Ruth PadelPoetry2009
Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir de Diana AthillBiography2008
Bloomsbury Ballerina: Lydia Lopokova, Imperial Dancer and Mrs John Maynard Keynes de Judith MackrellBiography2008
The Boy with the Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton de Sathnam SangheraBiography2008
Chagall: A Biography de Jackie WullschlagerBiography2008
Just Henry de Michelle MagorianChildren's Book2008
Ostrich Boys de Keith GrayChildren's Book2008
The Carbon Diaries 2015 de Saci LloydChildren's Book2008
Broken Soup de Jenny ValentineChildren's Book2008
The Outcast de Sadie JonesFirst Novel2008
The Behaviour of Moths de Poppy AdamsFirst Novel2008
Inside the Whale de Jennie RooneyFirst Novel2008
Criança 44 de Tom Rob SmithFirst Novel2008
The Secret Scripture de Sebastian BarryNovel2008
A Partisan's Daughter de Louis de BernièresNovel2008
The Other Hand de Chris CleaveNovel2008
Trauma de Patrick McGrathNovel2008
The Broken Word de Adam FouldsPoetry2008
For All We Know de Ciaran CarsonPoetry2008
Sunday at the Skin Launderette de Kathryn SimmondsPoetry2008
Salvation Jane de Greta StoddartPoetry2008
Young Stalin de Simon Sebag MontefioreBiography2007
Nureyev: The Life de Julie KavanaghBiography2007
Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal de Ben MacintyreBiography2007
Fatty Batter: How Cricket Saved My Life (And Then Ruined It) de Michael SimkinsBiography2007
The Bower Bird de Ann KelleyChildren's Book2007
Crusade de Elizabeth LairdChildren's Book2007
What I Was de Meg RosoffChildren's Book2007
Blood Red, Snow White de Marcus SedgwickChildren's Book2007
What Was Lost de Catherine O'FlynnFirst Novel2007
A Golden Age de Tahmima AnamFirst Novel2007
Gifted de Nikita LalwaniFirst Novel2007
Mosquito de Roma TearneFirst Novel2007
Day de A. L. KennedyNovel2007
Skin Lane de Neil BartlettNovel2007
Death of a Murderer de Rupert ThomsonNovel2007
The Road Home de Rose TremainNovel2007
Tilt de Jean SpracklandPoetry2007
The Speed of Dark de Ian DuhigPoetry2007
The Space of Joy de John FullerPoetry2007
Look We Have Coming to Dover! de Daljit NagraPoetry2007
Keeping Mum: A Wartime Childhood de Brian ThompsonBiography2006
George Mackay Brown: The Life de Maggie FergussonBiography2006
John Donne: The Reformed Soul: A Biography de John StubbsBiography2006
Nabeel's Song: A Family Story of Survival in Iraq de Jo TatchellBiography2006
Set in Stone de Linda NewberyChildren's Book2006
Clay de David AlmondChildren's Book2006
The Diamond of Drury Lane de Julia GoldingChildren's Book2006
Just in Case de Meg RosoffChildren's Book2006
The Tenderness of Wolves de Stef PenneyFirst Novel2006
The Meaning of Night de Michael CoxFirst Novel2006
Cloth Girl de Marilyn Heward MillsFirst Novel2006
The Amnesia Clinic de James ScudamoreFirst Novel2006
Restless de William BoydNovel2006
Saving Caravaggio de Neil GriffithsNovel2006
A Spot of Bother de Mark HaddonNovel2006
Black Swan Green de David MitchellNovel2006
Letter to Patience de John HaynesPoetry2006
The Book of Blood de Vicki FeaverPoetry2006
District and Circle de Seamus HeaneyPoetry2006
Dear Room de Hugo WilliamsPoetry2006
Haw-Haw: The Tragedy of William and Margaret Joyce de Nigel FarndaleBiography2005
Nature Cure de Richard MabeyBiography2005
Stuart: A Life Backwards de Alexander MastersBiography2005
Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour: 1909-1954 de Hilary SpurlingBiography2005
Framed de Frank Cottrell BoyceChildren's Book2005
The White Darkness de Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Book2005
Permanent Rose de Hilary McKayChildren's Book2005
The New Policeman de Kate ThompsonChildren's Book2005
The Harmony Silk Factory de Tash AwFirst Novel2005
26a de Diana EvansFirst Novel2005
The Short Day Dying de Peter HobbsFirst Novel2005
Gem Squash Tokoloshe de Rachel ZadokFirst Novel2005
A Long Way Down de Nick HornbyNovel2005
Shalimar the Clown de Salman RushdieNovel2005
The Accidental de Ali SmithNovel2005
Cotton de Christopher WilsonNovel2005
Legion de David HarsentPoetry2005
Cold Calls: War Music Continued de Christopher LoguePoetry2005
Lucky Day/Little Dino (PM Story Books Yellow Level) de Richard PricePoetry2005
Marabou de Jane YehPoetry2005
Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour: 1909-1954 de Hilary Spurling2005
Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart de John GuyBiography2004
Jabez: The Rise and Fall of a Victorian Rogue de David McKieBiography2004
Stephen Spender: A Literary Life de John SutherlandBiography2004
V. S. Pritchett: A Working Life de Jeremy TreglownBiography2004
Looking for JJ de Anne CassidyChildren's Book2004
Not the End of the World de Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Book2004
How I Live Now de Meg RosoffChildren's Book2004
No Shame, No Fear de Ann TurnbullChildren's Book2004
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell de Susanna ClarkeFirst Novel2004
The Land as Viewed from the Sea de Richard CollinsFirst Novel2004
Eve Green de Susan FletcherFirst Novel2004
The Maze de Panos KarnezisFirst Novel2004
Case Histories de Kate AtkinsonNovel2004
Birds Without Wings de Louis de BernièresNovel2004
The Line of Beauty de Alan HollinghurstNovel2004
Small Island de Andrea LevyNovel2004
These Days de Leontia FlynnPoetry2004
Ghosts de John FullerPoetry2004
Ground Water de Matthew HollisPoetry2004
Corpus de Michael Symmons RobertsPoetry2004
Small Island de Andrea Levy2004
The Iron Lady de John CampbellBiography2003
Martha Gellhorn: A Life de Caroline MooreheadBiography2003
Orwell: The Life de D. J. TaylorBiography2003
Beautiful Shadow: A Life of Patricia Highsmith de Andrew WilsonBiography2003
The Fire-Eaters de David AlmondChildren's Book2003
Exodus de Julie BertagnaChildren's Book2003
The Oracle Betrayed: Book One of The Oracle Prophecies de Catherine FisherChildren's Book2003
Private Peaceful de Michael MorpurgoChildren's Book2003
Naked Without a Hat de Jeanne WillisChildren's Book2003
Buddha Da de Anne DonovanFirst Novel2003
An Evening of Long Goodbyes de Paul MurrayFirst Novel2003
Vernon God Little de DBC PierreFirst Novel2003
An Empty Room de Talitha StevensonFirst Novel2003
The Lucky Ones de Rachel CuskNovel2003
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time de Mark HaddonNovel2003
Heligoland de Shena MackayNovel2003
Frankie and Stankie de Barbara TrapidoNovel2003
Minsk de Lavinia GreenlawPoetry2003
Ink Stone (Faber Poetry) de Jamie McKendrickPoetry2003
Landing Light de Don PatersonPoetry2003
Hard Water de Jean SpracklandPoetry2003
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time de Mark Haddon2003
Anthony Blunt: His Lives de Miranda CarterBiography2002
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA de Brenda MaddoxBiography2002
The Real Mrs. Miniver de Ysenda Maxtone-GrahamBiography2002
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self de Claire TomalinBiography2002
Saffy's Angel de Hilary McKayChildren's Book2002
Sorceress de Celia ReesChildren's Book2002
Mortal Engines de Philip ReeveChildren's Book2002
The End of My Tether de Neil AstleyFirst Novel2002
Homage to a Firing Squad de Tariq GoddardFirst Novel2002
The Impressionist de Hari KunzruFirst Novel2002
The Song of Names de Norman LebrechtFirst Novel2002
White Lightning de Justin CartwrightNovel2002
Spies de Michael FraynNovel2002
Rumours of a Hurricane de Tim LottNovel2002
The Story of Lucy Gault de William TrevorNovel2002
Something for the Ghosts de David ConstantinePoetry2002
The Ice Age: A Collection of Poems de Paul FarleyPoetry2002
Voodoo Shop de Ruth PadelPoetry2002
The Beautiful Lie de Sheenagh PughPoetry2002
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self de Claire Tomalin2002
Vermeer: A View of Delft de Anthony BaileyBiography2001
Boswell's Presumptuous Task: The Making of the Life of Dr. Johnson de Adam SismanBiography2001
Selkirk's Island: The True and Strange Adventures of the Real Robinson Crusoe de Diana SouhamiBiography2001
Flaubert: A Life de Geoffrey WallBiography2001
Artemis Fowl de Eoin ColferChildren's Book2001
Journey to the River Sea de Eva IbbotsonChildren's Book2001
The Lady and the Squire de Terry JonesChildren's Book2001
The Amber Spyglass de Philip PullmanChildren's Book2001
The Oversight de Will EavesFirst Novel2001
Something Like a House de Sid SmithFirst Novel2001
Burning Worm de Carl TigheFirst Novel2001
August de Gerard WoodwardFirst Novel2001
The Siege de Helen DunmoreNovel2001
Atonement de Ian McEwanNovel2001
Oxygen de Andrew MillerNovel2001
Twelve Bar Blues de Patrick NeateNovel2001
The Age of Cardboard and String de Charles BoylePoetry2001
If I Don't Know de Wendy CopePoetry2001
Bunny de Selima HillPoetry2001
Panoramic Lounge Bar de John StammersPoetry2001
The Amber Spyglass de Philip Pullman2001
Fanny Burney: A Biography de Claire HarmanBiography2000
John Ruskin: The Later Years de Tim HiltonBiography2000
Hitler: 1936-1945: Nemesis de Ian KershawBiography2000
Bad Blood: A Memoir de Lorna SageBiography2000
Heaven Eyes de David AlmondChildren's Book2000
The Seeing Stone - Arthur Trilogy, Book One de Kevin Crossley-HollandChildren's Book2000
Coram Boy de Jamila GavinChildren's Book2000
The Wheel of Surya de Jamila GavinChildren's Book2000
Troy de Adèle GerasChildren's Book2000
The Crimson Petal and the White de Michel FaberFirst Novel2000
Under the Skin de Michel FaberFirst Novel2000
Danny Boy de Jo-Anne GoodwinFirst Novel2000
Born Free de Laura HirdFirst Novel2000
White Teeth de Zadie SmithFirst Novel2000
Fred and Edie de Jill DawsonNovel2000
What Are You Like? de Anne EnrightNovel2000
When We Were Orphans de Kazuo IshiguroNovel2000
English Passengers de Matthew KnealeNovel2000
How the Dead Live de Will SelfNovel2000
The Asylum Dance de John BurnsidePoetry2000
Conjure de Michael DonaghyPoetry2000
Collected Poems de R. F. LangleyPoetry2000
Floods (Faber Poetry) de Maurice RiordanPoetry2000
Granny Scarecrow de Anne StevensonPoetry2000
English Passengers de Matthew Kneale2000
Berlioz: Volume Two: Servitude and Greatness, 1832-1869 de David CairnsBiography1999
Bruce Chatwin de Nicholas ShakespeareBiography1999
The Unknown Matisse de Hilary SpurlingBiography1999
Meeting Midnight de Carol Ann DuffyChildren's Book1999
Kensuke's Kingdom de Michael MorpurgoChildren's Book1999
Harry Potter e o Prisioneiro de Azkaban de J. K. RowlingChildren's Book1999
The Illustrated Mum de Jacqueline WilsonChildren's Book1999
The Great Ideas de Suzanne CleminshawFirst Novel1999
White City Blue de Tim LottFirst Novel1999
Our Fathers de Andrew O'HaganFirst Novel1999
A Foreign Country de Francine StockFirst Novel1999
Being Dead de Jim CraceNovel1999
Headlong de Michael FraynNovel1999
Chocolat de Joanne HarrisNovel1999
Music & Silence de Rose TremainNovel1999
Beowulf de Beowulf PoetPoetry1999
Alcestis de EuripidesPoetry1999
Approximately Nowhere: Poems (Faber Poetry) de Michael HofmannPoetry1999
The Eyes (Faber Poetry) de Don PatersonPoetry1999
Beowulf de Beowulf Poet1999
Elegy for Iris de John BayleyBiography1998
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire de Amanda ForemanBiography1998
Hitler: 1889-1936: Hubris de Ian KershawBiography1998
Skellig de David AlmondChildren's Book1998
Sweet Clarinet de James RiordanChildren's Book1998
Harry Potter e a Câmara Secreta de J. K. RowlingChildren's Book1998
Abomination de Robert SwindellsChildren's Book1998
The Last King of Scotland de Giles FodenFirst Novel1998
Shopping de Gavin KramerFirst Novel1998
The Restraint of Beasts de Magnus MillsFirst Novel1998
Jelly Roll de Luke SutherlandFirst Novel1998
The Catastrophist de Ronan BennettNovel1998
Leading the Cheers de Justin CartwrightNovel1998
The Travelling Hornplayer de Barbara TrapidoNovel1998
The Boy from the Chemist Is Here to See You de Paul FarleyPoetry1998
The Wasting Game de Philip GrossPoetry1998
Birthday Letters de Ted HughesPoetry1998
Birthday Letters de Ted Hughes1998
Violet: The Life and Loves of Violet Gordon Woodhouse de Jessica Douglas-HomeBiography1997
Victor Hugo: A Biography de Graham RobbBiography1997
The Queen of Whale Cay: The Eccentric Story of 'Joe' Carstairs, Fastest Woman on Water de Kate SummerscaleBiography1997
Citizen Lord: The Life of Edward Fitzgerald, Irish Revolutionary de Stella TillyardBiography1997
Hogarth : a life and a world de Jenny UglowBiography1997
Smack de Melvin BurgessChildren's Book1997
Chasing Redbird de Sharon CreechChildren's Book1997
Aquila de Andrew NorrissChildren's Book1997
Harry and the Wrinklies de Alan TemperleyChildren's Book1997
One Day as a Tiger de Anne HavertyFirst Novel1997
The Underground Man de Mick JacksonFirst Novel1997
The Ventriloquist's Tale de Pauline MelvilleFirst Novel1997
Beach Boy de Ardashir VakilFirst Novel1997
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Assembling A Ghost (Cape Poetry) de Peter RedgrovePoetry1997
Tales from Ovid de Ted Hughes1997
Thomas Cranmer: A Life de Diarmaid MacCullochBiography1996
George Eliot: A Life de Rosemary AshtonBiography1996
The Unruly Queen de Flora FraserBiography1996
Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett de James KnowlsonBiography1996
The Tulip Touch de Anne FineChildren's Book1996
The Trokeville Way de Russell HobanChildren's Book1996
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Mother of Pearl de Mary MorrissyFirst Novel1996
Every Man for Himself de Beryl BainbridgeNovel1996
Cocaine Nights de J. G. BallardNovel1996
Mr Clive and Mr Page de Neil BartlettNovel1996
Asylum de Patrick McGrathNovel1996
Last Orders de Graham SwiftNovel1996
Worst Fears de Fay WeldonNovel1996
The Spirit Level de Seamus HeaneyPoetry1996
Safe as Houses de U. A. FanthorpePoetry1996
The Thing in the Gap-stone Stile de Alice OswaldPoetry1996
Expanded Universes de Christopher ReidPoetry1996
The Wound-Dresser's Dream de Pauline StainerPoetry1996
Gladstone de Roy JenkinsBiography1995
Vera Brittain: A Life de Paul BerryBiography1995
Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth de Gitta SerenyBiography1995
Terence Rattigan de Geoffrey WansellBiography1995
The Wreck of the Zanzibar de Michael MorpurgoChildren's Book1995
The Parsley Parcel de Elizabeth ArnoldChildren's Book1995
Kasper in the Glitter de Philip RidleyChildren's Book1995
Behind the Scenes at the Museum de Kate AtkinsonFirst Novel1995
Gagarin and I de Stephen BlanchardFirst Novel1995
Morvern Callar de Alan WarnerFirst Novel1995
The Moor's Last Sigh de Salman RushdieNovel1995
The Information de Martin AmisNovel1995
The Ghost Road de Pat BarkerNovel1995
In Every Face I Meet de Justin CartwrightNovel1995
The Unconsoled de Kazuo IshiguroNovel1995
Gunpowder de Bernard O'DonoghuePoetry1995
The Dead Sea Poems de Simon ArmitagePoetry1995
The Shadow of Hiroshima and Other Film/Poems de Tony HarrisonPoetry1995
Rest for the Wicked de Glyn MaxwellPoetry1995
D.H. Lawrence: The Story of a Marriage de Brenda MaddoxBiography1994
Gold Dust de Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Book1994
The Longest Memory de Fred D'AguiarFirst Novel1994
Felicia's Journey de William TrevorNovel1994
Out of Danger: Poems de James FentonPoetry1994
Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life de Andrew MotionBiography1993
Flour Babies de Anne FineChildren's Book1993
Saving Agnes de Rachel CuskFirst Novel1993
Theory of War de Joan BradyNovel1993
Mean Time de Carol Ann DuffyPoetry1993
Anthony Trollope de Victoria GlendinningBiography1992
The Great Elephant Chase de Gillian CrossChildren's Book1992
Swing Hammer Swing! de Jeff TorringtonFirst Novel1992
Poor Things de Alasdair GrayNovel1992
The Gaze of the Gorgon de Tony HarrisonPoetry1992
O Caledonia de Elspeth BarkerFirst Novel1991
A Life of Picasso, Volume 1: 1881-1906 de John RichardsonBiography1991
Harvey Angell de Diana HendryChildren's Book1991
Alma Cogan de Gordon BurnFirst Novel1991
The Queen of the Tambourine de Jane GardamNovel1991
Gorse Fires de Michael LongleyPoetry1991
A. A. Milne: His Life de Ann ThwaiteBiography1990
AK de Peter DickinsonChildren's Book1990
The Buddha of Suburbia de Hanif KureishiFirst Novel1990
Hopeful Monsters de Nicholas MosleyNovel1990
Daddy, Daddy de Paul DurcanPoetry1990
Coleridge: Early Visions, 1772-1804 de Richard HolmesBiography1989
Why Weeps the Brogan? de Hugh ScottChildren's Book1989
Gerontius de James Hamilton-PatersonFirst Novel1989
The Chymical Wedding de Lindsay ClarkeNovel1989
Shibboleth de Michael DonaghyPoetry1989
Tolstoy de A. N. WilsonBiography1988
Awaiting Developments de Judy AllenChildren's Book1988
The Comforts of Madness de Paul SayerFirst Novel1988
The Satanic Verses de Salman RushdieNovel1988
The Automatic Oracle (Oxford Paperbacks) de Peter PorterPoetry1988
Under the Eye of the Clock de Christopher NolanBiography1987
A Little Lower Than the Angels de Geraldine McCaughreanChildren's Book1987
The Other Garden de Francis WyndhamFirst Novel1987
The Child in Time de Ian McEwanNovel1987
The Haw Lantern de Seamus HeaneyPoetry1987
Gilbert White de Richard MabeyBiography1986
The Coal House de Andrew TaylorChildren's Book1986
Continent de Jim CraceFirst Novel1986
An Artist of the Floating World de Kazuo IshiguroNovel1986
Stet de Peter ReadingPoetry1986
Hugh Dalton: A Life de Ben PimlottBiography1985
The Nature of the Beast de Janni HowkerChildren's Book1985
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit de Jeanette WintersonFirst Novel1985
Hawksmoor de Peter AckroydNovel1985
Elegies de Douglas DunnPoetry1985
T.S. Eliot: A Life de Peter AckroydBiography1984
The Queen of the Pharisees' Children de Barbara WillardChildren's Book1984
A Parish of Rich Women de James BuchanFirst Novel1984
Kruger's Alp de Christopher HopeNovel1984
Vita: The Life of V. Sackville-West de Victoria GlendinningBiography1983
King George V de Kenneth RoseBiography1983
The Witches de Roald DahlChildren's Book1983
Flying to nowhere de John FullerFirst Novel1983
Fools of Fortune de William TrevorNovel1983
Bismarck de Edward CrankshawBiography1982
The Song of Pentecost de W. J. CorbettChildren's Book1982
On the Black Hill de Bruce ChatwinFirst Novel1982
Young Shoulders de John WainNovel1982
War Horse de Michael Morpurgo1982
Monty: The Making of a General : 1887-1942 de Nigel HamiltonBiography1981
The Hollow Land de Jane GardamChildren's Book1981
A Good Man in Africa de William BoydFirst Novel1981
Silver's City de Maurice LeitchNovel1981
On the Edge of Paradise: A.C.Benson the Diarist de David NewsomeBiography1980
John Diamond de Leon GarfieldChildren's Book1980
How Far Can You Go? de David LodgeNovel1980
About Time: An Aspect of Autobiography de Penelope MortimerBiography1979
Tulku de Peter DickinsonChildren's Book1979
The Old Jest de Jennifer JohnstonNovel1979
Lloyd George: The People's Champion 1902-1911 de John GriggBiography1978
Bubble and Squeak de Philippa PearceChildren's Book1978
Picture Palace de Paul TherouxNovel1978
Mary Curzon de Nigel NicolsonBiography1977
No End to Yesterday de Shelagh MacdonaldChildren's Book1977
Injury Time de Beryl BainbridgeNovel1977
Elizabeth Gaskell: A Biography de Winifred GerinBiography1976
A Stitch in Time de Penelope LivelyChildren's Book1976
The Children of Dynmouth de William TrevorNovel1976
In our infancy : an autobiography de Helen CorkeBiography1975
Improbable Puritan: Life of Bulstrode Whitelocke, 1605-75 de Ruth SpaldingFirst Book1975
Docherty de William McIlvanneyNovel1975
Poor Dear Brendan: Quest for Brendan Bracken de Andrew BoyleBiography1974
How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen de Russell HobanChildren's Book1974
The Emperor's Winding Sheet de Jill Paton WalshChildren's Book1974
The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft de Claire TomalinFirst Book1974
The Sacred and Profane Love Machine de Iris MurdochNovel1974
CB: A life of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman de John WilsonBiography1973
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast de William PlomerChildren's Book1973
The Chip-chip Gatherers de Shiva NaipaulNovel1973
Anthony Trollope de James Pope-HennessyBiography1972
The Diddakoi de Rumer GoddenChildren's Book1972
The Bird of Night de Susan HillNovel1972
Henrik Ibsen: The Making of a Dramatist 1828-1864 de Michael Leverson MeyerBiography1971
The Destiny Waltz de Gerda CharlesNovel1971
Mercian Hymns de Geoffrey HillPoetry1971


From 1971 to 2021 the Costa Book award was one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognised some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland. The Costa Book Awards is unique in many ways, not least in having five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book. The winner in each category receives £5,000. One of these five books is selected as the overall winner of the Book of the Year and receives a further £25,000, making a total prize fund of £50,000. It is the only prize which places children's books alongside adult books in this way.

The Costa Book Awards started life in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards. From 1985 they were known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2006, when Costa Coffee took over ownership - the year that both Costa and the Book Awards celebrated their 35th anniversary. Since 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres.

Since the introduction of the overall Book of the Year Award in 1985, it has been won seven times by a novel, three times by a first novel, five times by a biography, five times by a collection of poetry and once by a children's book. The 2021 Costa Book Awards held in February 2022 was our 50th and final awards.

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