Costa Book Award

Wakefield Libraries report on the category winners of the Costa Book Award.

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Costa

The category winners for the Costa Book Award have been announced. The Costa Book Award (previously the Whitbread Prize) is open to authors who live in the UK and Ireland and is the only award to recognise books across five different categories.

In the Children’s Book category Five Children on the Western Front by Kate Saunders, was called “a modern masterpiece” by the judges for moving Nesbitt’s original characters into the trenches of the First World War. The book also revives Nesbitt’s character the Psammead, whom the grown children must help to return home. I’m sure this is a brilliantly written but but I’m not sure I can face reading it as I suspect it will be heartbreaking.

Ali Smith’s How to be Both, shortlisted for the Booker, won in the Novel category. This sounds fascinating- it has two different beginnings, one in the 15th century and another in the…

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