The 2012 Costa Prize shortlists have been announced
This year’s shortlists see the inclusion of two graphic novels (Days of
the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterheart in the Novel category and Mary and Bryan Talbot’s Dotter of her Father’s Eyes in the Biography category) : a first for the prize.
First established in 1971, the prize (originally known as the Whitbread award) is open to manuscripts published in the last year by authors based in the UK and Ireland. The winner of each category will be announced at the beginning of January and awarded £5000 before they are pitted head to head for the Costa Book of the Year Award announced on 29 Jan 2013.
2012 Costa Shortlists
First Novel Award
The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder – J W Ironmonger
Snake Ropes – Jess Richards
The Innocents – Francesca Segal
The Bellwether Revivals – Benjamin Wood
Patrick Leigh-Fermor: An Adventure – Artemis Cooper
The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family – Selina Guinness
Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household – Kate Hubbard
Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes – Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot