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?
Costa Book Of the Year Winner 2018 -
The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es
Costa Book Awards 2018 - Category Winners
Costa Novel Award Winner - Normal People by Sally Rooney
Costa Biography Award Winner - The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es
Costa First Novel Award Winner - The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
Costa Children's Book Award Winner - The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay
Costa Poetry Award Winner - Assurances by J.O. Morgan
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 - Nominations 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 Winner
Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 Winner
Town is by the Sea illustrated by Sydney Smith and written by Joanne Schwartz