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Costa Book Awards 2011 Category Winners


The winners of the various categories in the Costa Book Awards were announced in the UK overnight.

The winner in each category receives £5,000. From these category winners the Costa Book of the Year 2011 will be chosen, the winner receiving a further £30,000. The Costa Book of the Year 2011 will be announced on 24th January 2012.

Costa Biography Award

Costa Novel Award

  • Pure by Andrew Miller ~ set in Paris 1785
  • Judges comments: Created a “structurally and stylistically flawless historical novel”

Costa First Novel Award

  • Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson ~ this first novel by children’s nurse Watson is set in the Niger Delta.
  • Judges comments: “readability and literary merit go hand in hand in this vibrant gem of a novel.”

Costa Poetry Award

  • The Bees by Carol Ann Duffy ~ Carol Ann Duffy is the Poet Laureate in Britain.
  • Judges comments: “We were thrilled by the poet’s musical feeling for language and her spellbinding ability to combine naturalness and formal complexity. It’s a joyful collection.”

Costa Children’s Book Award

  • Blood Red Road by Moira Young ~ currently being adapted for film.

You can read about the Costa Book Award 2011 shortlist here.

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