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.
Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 - Winner
The Women's Prize for Fiction is the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman.
The 2018 winner is Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. The novel is about Isma, she is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs. As the son of a powerful British Muslim politician, Eamonn has his own birthright to live up to - or defy. Is he to be a chance at love?
The Man Booker Prize 2017 Winner
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.
The 2017 Winner is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. New York resident author George Saunders, was born in Texas and is the second American author to win the prize in its 49-year history.
The novel is about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven-year-old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War. As the War rages the President's beloved son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body. From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying.
Costa Book Of the Year Winner 2017 -
Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore
Costa Book Awards 2017 - Category Winners
Costa Novel Award Winner - Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor
Costa Biography Award Winner - In the Days of Rain by Rebecca Stott
Costa First Novel Award Winner - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Costa Children's Book Award Winner - The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
Costa Poetry Award Winner - Inside the Wave by Helen Dunmore
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.
Carnegie and Greenaway Children's Book Awards - Shortlists announced!
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 2018 Shortlist
1. Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans
2. After the Fire by Will Hill
3. Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
4. Rook by Anthony McGowan
5. Release by Patrick Ness
6. Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
7.The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
8. Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 Shortlist
1. King of the Sky illustrated by Laura Carlin and written by Nicola Davies
2. Night Shift illustrated and written by Debi Gliori
3. A First Book of Animals illustrated by Petr Horáček and written by Nicola Davies
4. The Song from Somewhere Else illustrated by Levi Pinfold and written by A.F. Harrold
5. Town is by the Sea illustrated by Sydney Smith and written by Joanne Schwartz
6. Thornhill illustrated and written by Pam Smy
7. Under the Same Sky illustrated and written by Britta Teckentrup
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 Winner
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 Winner
There is a Tribe of Kids Illustrated by Lane Smith