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.
The Man Booker Prize
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 Booker Prize has been jointly awarded twice before, to Nadine Gordimer and Stanley Middleton in 1974 and to Michael Ondaatje and Barry Unsworth in 1992. In 1993, the rules were changed so that only one author could win the prize. This is the first time since then that two authors have been announced as joint-winners. It is the second time that Atwood has won the Booker Prize, having won in 2000 with The Blind Assassin.
Women's Prize for Fiction 2019
The Women's Prize for Fiction is the UK's only annual book award for fiction written by a woman. The award celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women from throughout the world.
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.
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.
The winner of this year's award will be announced at the glamorous CWA Dagger Awards Gala Dinner at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London City on 24 October 2019.
Below is a selection of this year's shortlisted authors works:
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.
The Lost Words illustrated by Jackie Morris and written by Robert Macfarlane
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
This is the first time both Acevedo and Morris have won a prestigious Medal in either category. The Poet X is Acevedo’s debut novel. Morris has previously been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016 for Something About a Bear.
It is the first time in the Medals history that both winning titles have been written in verse: in The Poet X, in verse influenced by slam poetry; in The Lost Words, in the form of spells. Only one verse novel has previously won the Carnegie Medal: Sarah Crossan’s One, in 2016.