Posted on January 5, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The five category winners for the Costa Book Awards were announced yesterday.
These five books will compete for the overall title, to be revealed January 26:
First novel: Love After Love, by Ingrid Persaud.
Novel: The Mermaid of Black Conch, by Monique Roffey.
Biography: The Louder I Will Sing, by Lee Lawrence.
Poetry: The Historians, by Eavan Boland.
Children's book: Voyage of the Sparrowhawk, by Natasha Farrant.
Each of these titles, deemed among the most outstanding books of the year written by UK- or Ireland-based authors, receives £5,000 ($6,800) and a chance at the £30,000 ($40,900) Costa Book of the Year prize.
The Bookseller notes that the majority of winning authors — Roffey, Lawrence, and Boland — are independently published.
Last year’s overall winner was The Volunteer by Jack Fairweather.
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