Prize winning books
Why not see what you think of the books that have been selected as the best of the year? Read them yourself and see if you agree with the judges. The links below take you to some of the book award websites.
Costa Book Of the Year Winner 2016 -
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Costa Novel Award Winner - Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
Costa Biography Award Winner - Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory by Keggie Carew
Costa First Novel Award Winner - Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
Costa Children's Book Award Winner - The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan
Costa Poetry Award Winner - Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
The Whitbread Literary Awards, as they were then known, were launched in 1971. Costa took over the ownership of the Book Awards in 2006.
There are five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book. For each category there are three judges - an author, a bookseller and a journalist. They select a shortlist of four books, which includes the winner.
The criteria are to select well-written, enjoyable books that they would strongly recommend anyone to read.
A nine-member judging panel, including the author from each of the original category judging panels together with a Chairman and three other people in the public eye who love reading, then read the five winners and select one of them as the overall Costa Book of the Year.
The Man Booker Prize launched in 1969 and is awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the UK.
Man Booker Prize 2016 Winner
The Man Booker Prize Winner is The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Paul is the first American to win the Prize in its 48 year history. American authors only became eligable for the prize in 2014.
The Sellout is about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, it challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant. Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens—on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles—the narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower-middle-class Californians: "I'd die in the same bedroom I'd grown up in, looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that've been there since '68 quake."
The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children. The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal was established in 1955, for distinguished illustration in a book for children. It is named after the popular nineteenth century artist known for her fine children's illustrations and designs.
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2016 Winner
One by Sarah Crossan
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 Winner
The Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman
The Dagger in the Library is awarded not for an individual book but for an author's entire body of work and is one of six highly prized CWA Dagger Awards awarded to crime writers since 1955. This year's shortlist and winner will decided by a panel of judges including previous winner Sharon Bolton, CWA Director Lucy Santos and a panel of UK librarians.
The 2017 Longlist has been announced! The longlist can be viewed on the Crime Writers Association Website.
Dagger in the Library award 2016 Winner is:
Elly Griffiths (Quercus)
Below is a selction of the shortlisted authors works:
Guardian First Book Award is a literary award by The Guardian newspaper and was established in 1999. The award annually recognises new writers across fiction and non-fiction. 10 books are nominated by publishers with the 11th slot nominated by readers.
First Book Award 2015 Winner
Physical by Andrew McMillan
First Book Award 2014 Winner -
Young Skins by Colin Barrett