The Costa Book Awards
The 2019 Costa Book Awards Category Winners include fascinating, thought-provoking and gripping stories chosen from writers across the UK and Ireland. Browse the full twenty shortlist books and find out more about the five category winners below.
Costa Book of the Year and Biography Costa Award Winner 2019: The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather
Based on unpublished accounts and recently declassified files, this is the true story of Witold Pilecki who got himself arrested and sent to Auschwitz in order to feed reports to the West and form an underground resistance within the camp.
Novel Costa Award Winner 2019: Middle England by Jonathan Coe
Balancing humour with topical and often bleak observations, Middle England follows a group of friends through the tumultuous events of Brexit Britain from 2010 onwards.
First Novel Costa Award Winner 2019: The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins
Accused of the murder of her employer and his wife, former slave Frannie Langton cannot remember the night she was found covered in their blood, but the story she tells throws an accusing light on the society that led her to that moment.
Poetry Costa Award Winner 2019: Flèche by Mary Jean Chan
Exploring love, family, trust and trauma, Mary Jean Chan provides a thought-provoking and emotional collection of poems, covering everything from a mother’s acceptance of her daughter’s sexuality to the loss and violence during the Mao years.
Children’s Book Costa Award Winner 2019: Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan
When the money her father has been sending from the city stops arriving at her rural Indian village, Asha sets off across the Himalayas to find him with the help of her best friend and the spirit of her grandmother in the form of a majestic bird.