The Costa Book Awards 2012 Category Winners were announced on the second of January. Joining a book club or starting one of your own is a good way to make friends and share experiences suggests Fi Ward. Why not select a title from the Costa novel or new novel shortlist to read and discuss with your group?
In 2012 for the first time ever, a female winner features in every category.
Graphic memoir, The Overhaul
First-time writer, Francesca Segal, claims the Costa First Novel Award for Maggot Moon
Life! Death! Prizes! by Stephen May (Bloomsbury)
Days of the Bagnold Summer by Joff Winterhart (Jonathan Cape)
Shortlist for the 2012 Costa First Novel Award
The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder by J W Ironmonger (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The Innocents by Francesca Segal (Chatto & Windus)
The Bellwether Revivals by Benjamin Wood (Simon & Schuster)
The five Costa Book Award winners, each of whom will receive £5,000, were selected from 550 entries. The five books are now eligible for the ultimate prize - the 2012 Costa Book of the Year.
The winner, selected by a panel of judges chaired by Dame Jenni Murray, and comprising Jenny Agutter, Katie Derham, Mark Watson, Sophie Ward, Wendy Holden, D.J. Taylor, Daljit Nagra and Marcus Sedgwick, will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by presenter and broadcaster Penny Smith at Quaglino’s in central London on Tuesday 29th January 2013.
For additional information go to www.costabookawards.com