Costa Book Awards 2013: Shortlists Revealed

2013 Costa Novel Award shortlist

  • Kate Atkinson for Life After Life (Doubleday)
  • Bernardine Bishop for Unexpected Lessons in Love (John Murray)
  • Maggie O’Farrell for Instructions for a Heatwave (Tinder Press)
  • Evie Wyld for All the Birds, Singing (Jonathan Cape)

2013 Costa First Novel Award shortlist

  • Sam Byers for Idiopathy (Fourth Estate)
  • Kate Clanchy for Meeting the English (Picador)
  • Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall (HarperCollinsPublishers)
  • Sathnam Sanghera for Marriage Material (William Heinemann)

2013 Costa Biography Award shortlist

  • Gavin Francis for Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence & Emperor Penguins (Chatto & Windus)
  • Thomas Harding for Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz (William Heinemann)
  • Lucy Hughes-Hallett for The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War (Fourth Estate)
  • Olivia Laing for The Trip to Echo Spring: Why Writers Drink (Canongate)

2013 Costa Poetry Award shortlist

  • Clive James for Dante, The Divine Comedy (Picador)
  • Helen Mort for Division Street (Chatto & Windus)
  • Robin Robertson for Hill of Doors (Picador)
  • Michael Symmons Roberts for Drysalter (Jonathan Cape)

2013 Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist

  • Ross Montgomery for Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door (Faber and Faber)
  • Sarah Naughton for The Hanged Man Rises (Simon and Schuster)
  • Chris Riddell for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Elizabeth Wein for Rose Under Fire (Electric Monkey)

Source: the Independent.