The Costa Book of the Year Award

Christchurch City Libraries lists literary prize winners and links to catalogue searches, but we may not hold copies of all titles mentioned.

The Costa Book Awards are some of the most prestigious British literary awards. They were launched in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards, which became the Whitbread Book Awards in 1985. Costa Coffee took over sponsorship in 2006.

The overall Costa Book of the Year is selected from the five category Award winners (Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Book), with the winner receiving a further £30,000. Visit the Costa Book Awards site for more information.

See all the other literary prize winners we list.

2017

 Helen Dunmore (Poetry award winner)

2016

Days without end Sebastian Barry (Novel Award winner)

2015

The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge (Children's book winner)

2014

H is for Hawk Helen Macdonald (Biography Award winner)

2013

The shock of the fall Nathan Filer (Best first novel winner)

2012

Bring up the bodies Hilary Mantel (Novel Award winner)

2011

Pure Andrew Miller (Novel Award winner)

2010

Of mutability Jo Shapcott (Poetry Award winner)

2009

A scattering Christopher Reid (Poetry Award winner)

2008

The secret scripture Sebastian Barry (Novel Award winner)

2007

Day A. L. Kennedy (Novel Award winner)

2006

The tenderness of wolves Stef Penney (First Novel Award winner)

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