Costa Book Awards Archive

Discover past winners, shortlists and previous judges dating back to 1971.

Past winners

BOOK OF THE YEAR - THE VOLUNTEER - Jack Fairweather - (WH Allen)

Category winners

  • First Novel Award - The Confessions of Frannie Langton - Sara Collins - (Viking)

  • Novel Award - Middle England - Jonathan Coe - (Viking)

  • Biography Award - The Volunteer - Jack Fairweather - (WH Allen)

  • Poetry Award - Flèche - Mary Jean Chan - (Faber & Faber)

  • Children’s Book Award - Asha & the Spirit Bird - Jasbinder Bilan - (Chicken House)

BOOK OF THE YEAR - THE CUT OUT GIRL - Bart van Es - (Fig Tree Books)

Category winners

  • First Novel Award - The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton - (Bloomsbury Books)

  • Novel Award - Normal People - Sally Rooney - (Faber & Faber)

  • Biography Award - The Cut Out Girl - Bart van Es - Fig Tree Books

  • Poetry Award - Assurances - J O Morgan - (Jonathan Cape)

  • Children’s Book Award - The Skylarks’ War - Hilary McKay - (Macmillan Children’s Books)

BOOK OF THE YEAR - INSIDE THE WAVE - Helen Dunmore - (Bloodaxe Books)

Category winners

  • First Novel Award - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman - (Harper Collins)

  • Novel Award - Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor - (4th Estate)

  • Biography Award - In the Days of Rain - Rebecca Stott - (4th Estate)

  • Poetry Award - Inside the Wave - Helen Dunmore - (Bloodaxe Books)

  • Children’s Book Award - The Explorer - Katherine Rundell - (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)

BOOK OF THE YEAR - DAYS WITHOUT END - Sebastian Barry - (Faber & Faber)

Category winners

  • First Novel Award - Golden Hill - Francis Spufford - (Faber & Faber)

  • Novel Award - Days Without End - Sebastian Barry - (Faber & Faber)

  • Biography Award - Dadland - Keggie Carew - (Chatto & Windus)

  • Poetry Award - Falling Awake - Alice Oswald - (Jonathan Cape Poetry)

  • Children’s Book Award - The Bombs That Brought Us Together - Brian Conaghan - (Bloomsbury)

BOOK OF THE YEAR - THE LIE TREE - Frances Hardinge - (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Category winners

  • First Novel Award - The Loney - Andrew Michael Hurley - (John Murray)

  • Novel Award - A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson - (Doubleday)

  • Biography Award - The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, The Lost Hero of Science - Andrea Wulf - (John Murray)

  • Poetry Award - 40 Sonnets - Don Paterson - (Faber & Faber )

  • Children’s Book Award - The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge - (Macmillan Children’s Books)

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Past shortlisted entries

Click the link below to view a list of all past Costa Book Awards shortlisted entries from 1995 to present.

Previous judges

Download the PDF below to view a complete list of all past Costa Book Awards judges from 1971 to present.

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