Winners of the Costa Book Awards

Since the winners of the Costa Book Awards—a set of annual literary awards recognizing books by writers based in Britain and Ireland—were announced, there has been a lot of excited hullabaloo on Twitter.

The Costa Book Awards are split into five categories: Novel, First novel, Children’s book, Poetry, and Biography. One of the winning books will then go on to be named Costa Book of the Year, the ultimate prize.

So what have Tweeters been saying about these books? We scanned thousands of tweets that BookVibe.com picked out to bring you some highlights!

Costa Biography Award Winner

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H is for HawkHelen Macdonald

Heartbreaking and hilarious, H is for Hawk is an account of Macdonald’s time raising Mable, a fierce and deadly hawk. After the death of her father, Macdonald finds that she can relate to the vicious goshawk’s anger and attempts to project herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her.”

Costa First Novel Award Winner

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Elizabeth is MissingEmma Healey

A stunning debut, Elizabeth is Missing chronicles the story of Maud, who doesn’t remember most things. From drinking her tea, to recalling her daughter’s name, Maud forgets almost everything except the note in her pocket that says her friend Elizabeth is missing.

No matter how many times Maud’s family and friends ask her to drop the subject, she refuses and is absolutely determined to get to the bottom of a seventy-year-old mystery.

Costa Novel Award Winner

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How to be bothAli Smith

Like a brilliantly colorful painting, How to be both features two interconnected stories that almost read like poetry. The lives of a girl named George and another named Francesco, along with their struggles with sexuality are mapped and plotted out in an unconventional fictional form.

Costa Poetry Award Winner

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My Family and Other Superheroes Jonathan Edwards

Delve into Edward’s crazy world and fall madly in love with his quirky family. This impossibly charming collection hops back and forth between Evel Knievel, Sophia Loren, hippos, and more.

Costa Children’s Book Award

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Five Children on the Western FrontKate Saunders

A heart-wrenching follow-up to E. Nesbit’s Five Children and It stories, the elusive Sand Fairy has suddenly returned after a decade. The now grown children—Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane and Lamb—are happy to have something to take their minds off the war, but this time the Psammead is here for a more serious purpose.

Have you read any of these books? Do agree with the judges of the Costa Awards? Drop us a comment and let us know!

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