Costa Prize Shortlists 2012 revealed

The 2012 Costa Prize shortlists have been announced

The five categories (Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book) include nods to double Booker winner Hilary Mantel and Benjamin Wood for his debut novel The Bellwether Revivals.

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

Novel Award
Bring up the Bodies – Hilary Mantel
Life! Death! Prizes! – Stephen May
The Heart Broke In – James Meek
Days of the Bagnold Summer – Joff Winterhart

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

Biography Award
Patrick Leigh-Fermor: An AdventureArtemis 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

Poetry Award
Bee Journal – Sean Borodale
The World’s Two Smallest Humans – Julia Copus
People Who Like Meatballs – Selima Hill
The Overhaul – Kathleen Jamie

Children’s Book Award
Maggot Moon – Sally Gardner
The Seeing – Diana Hendry
What’s Up with Jody Barton? – Hayley Long
A Boy and a Bear in a Boat – Dave Shelton


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