Costa Book of the Year Awards 2018
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Costa have recently announced the Winner of their Annual Book Awards. There is a Shortlist of five categories: First Novel, Biography, Novel, Poetry and Children’s Book. The winner of Book of the Year comes from one of these five winners, and was announced at a ceremony in London on the 29th January 2019.
Image from the Waterstones websiteWinner of the First Novel Award 2018 comes from well-travelled freelance journalist, Stuart Turton – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Having been shortlisted for and won several awards, and even been optioned for TV by House Productions, Turton’s debut novel was dubbed by the judges as “ingenious” and “intriguing”. Its innovative take on a murder-mystery plot follows protagonist Evelyn Hardcastle, who is continually murdered. It is up to Aidan Bishop to break the cycle and identify her killer, facing several adversities in his quest. Winner of the Novel Award 2018 is Sally Rooney with Normal People, an electrifying ode to “modern life and love”, following Connell and Marianne in Ireland, who strike up an unexpected relationship. Born in 1991 in Dublin, Rooney is very well-accomplished, being the youngest-ever-winner of the Sunday Times ‘Young Writer of the Year’ Award. Similarly to Turton, the novel was shortlisted for several awards and is currently being adapted for television by BBC.
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