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Costa Book Awards 2017 Shortlists Announced | 24-Nov-17

Twenty authors aross five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book - have today been announced for the Costa Book Awards, the only major UK book prize open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland. 

The Poetry Award shortlist features two debut collections by Kayo Chingonyi and wild food forager Richard Osmond, and nominations for Sinéad Morrissey and (posthumously) Helen Dunmore.

Winners in the five categories, who each receive £5,000, will be announced on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.  The overall winner of the 2017 Costa Book of the Year will receive £30,000 and will be selected and announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony in central London on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

2017 Costa Book Awards Shortlists

Novel
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (4th Estate)
Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney (Quercus)
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (Bloomsbury Circus)
Tin Man by Sarah Winman (Tinder Press)

First novel
The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times by Xan Brooks (Salt)
Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary (Harvill Secker)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (HarperCollins)
The Haunting of Henry Twist by Rebecca F John (Serpent’s Tail)

Biography
Once Upon a Time in the East: A Story of Growing Up by Xiaolu Guo (Chatto & Windus)
A Bold and Dangerous Family: The Rossellis and the Fight Against Mussolini by Caroline Moorehead (Chatto & Windus)
In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott (4th Estate)
Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby (HarperCollins)

Poetry
Kumukanda by Kayo Chingonyi (Chatto & Windus)
Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore (Bloodaxe Books)
On Balance by Sinéad Morrissey (Carcanet)
Useful Verses by Richard Osmond (Picador)

Children's book
Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans (David Fickling Books)
The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (Chicken House)
The Explorers by Katherine Rundell (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)


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