Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Project - Costa Book Awards

An ongoing project, with no time limit. There is a separate blog for it here - it is also where I copied the below list from. Books of the year are marked with ***.

Titles in bold were read before I started blogging, the ones I read since should have a link to my thoughts.

First Novel Award - What Was Lost by Catherine O'Flynn
Novel Award - Day by A L Kennedy***
Biography Award - Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
Poetry Award - Tilt by Jean Sprackland
Children's Book Award - The Bower Bird by Ann Kelley

First Novel Award - The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney***
Novel Award - Restless by William Boyd
Biography Award - Keeping Mum by Brian Thompson
Poetry Award - Letter to Patience by John Haynes
Children's Book Award - Set in Stone by Linda Newbery

First Novel Award - The Harmony Silk Factory by Tash Aw
Novel Award - The Accidental by Ali Smith
Biography Award - Matisse: The Master by Hilary Spurling***
Poetry Award - Cold Calls by Christopher Logue
Children's Book Award - The New Policeman by Kate Thompson

First Novel Award - Eve Green by Susan Fletcher
Novel Award - Small Island by Andrea Levy***
Biography Award - My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy
Poetry Award - Corpus by Michael Simmons
Children's Book Award - Not the End of the World by Geraldine McCaughrean

First Novel Award - Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
Novel Award - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon***
Biography Award - Orwell: The Life by DJ Taylor
Poetry Award - Landing Light by Don Paterson
Children's Book Award - The Fire-Eaters by David Almond

First Novel Award - The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
Novel Award - Spies by Michael Frayn
Biography Award - Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self by Claire Tomalin***
Poetry Award - The Ice Age by Paul Farley
Children's Book Award - Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay

First Novel Award - Something Like a House by Sid Smith
Novel Award - Twelve Bar Blues by Patrick Neate
Biography Award - Selkirk's Island by Diana Souhami
Poetry Award - Bunny by Selima Hill
Children's Book Award - The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman***

First Novel Award - White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Novel Award - English Passengers by Matthew Kneale***
Biography Award - Bad Blood by Lorna Sage
Poetry Award - The Asylum Dance by John Burnside
Children's Book Award - Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

First Novel Award - White City Blue by Tim Lott
Novel Award - Music and Silence by Rose Tremain
Biography Award - Berlioz, Volume 2 by David Cairns
Poetry Award - Beowulf by Seamus Heaney***
Children's Book Award - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

First Novel Award - The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
Novel Award - Leading the Cheers by Justin Cartwright
Biography Award - Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Amanda Foreman
Poetry Award - Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes***
Children's Book Award - Skellig by David Almond

First Novel Award - The Ventriloquist's Tale by Pauline Melville
Novel Award - Quarantine by Jim Crace
Biography Award - Victor Hugo by Graham Robb
Poetry Award - Tales from Ovid by Ted Hughes***
Children's Book Award - Aquila by Andrew Norriss

First Novel Award - The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester
Novel Award - Every Man for Himself by Beryl Bainbridge
Biography Award - Thomas Cranmer: A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Poetry Award - The Spirit Level by Seamus Heaney***
Children's Book Award - The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine

First Novel Award - Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson***
Novel Award - The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie
Biography Award - Gladstone by Roy Jenkins
Poetry Award - Gunpowder by Bernard O'Donoghue
Children's Book Award - The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo

First Novel Award - The Longest Memory by Fred D'Aguiar
Novel Award - Felicia's Journey by William Trevor***
Biography Award - D. H. Lawrence: The Married Man by Brenda Maddox
Poetry Award - Out of Danger by James Fenton
Children's Book Award - Gold Dust by Geraldine McCaughrean

First Novel Award - Saving Agnes by Rachel Cusk
Novel Award - Theory of War by Joan Brady***
Biography Award - Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life by Andrew Motion
Poetry Award - Mean Time by Carol Ann Duffy
Children's Book Award - Flour Babies by Anne Fine

First Novel Award - Swing Hammer Swing! by Jeff Torrington***
Novel Award - Poor Things by Alasdair Gray
Biography Award - Trollope by Victoria Glendinning
Poetry Award - The Gaze of the Gorgon by Tony Harrison
Children's Book Award -The Great Elephant Chase by Gillian Cross

First Novel Award - Alma Cogan by Gordon Burn
Novel Award - The Queen of the Tambourine by Jane Gardam
Biography Award - A Life of Picasso by John Richardson***
Poetry Award - Gorse Fires by Michael Longley
Children's Book Award - Harvey Angell by Diana Hendry

First Novel Award - The Buddha of Suburbia by Nicholas Mosley
Novel Award - Hopeful Monsters by Nicholas Mosley***
Biography Award - A A Milne: His Life by Ann Thwaite
Poetry Award - Daddy, Daddy by Paul Durcan
Children's Book Award - AK by Peter Dickinson

First Novel Award - Gerontius by James Hamilton-Paterson
Novel Award - The Chymical Wedding by Lindsay Clarke
Biography Award - Coleridge: Early Visions by Richard Holmes***
Poetry Award - Shibboleth by Michael Donaghy
Children's Book Award - Why Weeps the Brogan? by Hugh Scott

First Novel Award - The Comforts of Madness by Paul Sayer***
Novel Award - The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Biography Award - Tolstoy by A N Wilson
Poetry Award - The Automatic Oracle by Peter Porter
Children's Book Award - Awaiting Developments by Judy Allen

First Novel Award - The Other Garden by Francis Wyndham
Novel Award - The Child in Time by Ian McEwan
Biography Award - Under the Eye of the Clock by Christopher Nolan***
Poetry Award - The Haw Lantern by Seamus Heany
Children's Book Award - A Little Lower than the Angels by Geraldine McCaughrean

First Novel Award - Continent by Jim Crace
Novel Award - An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro***
Biography Award - Gilbert White by Richard Mabey
Poetry Award - Stet by Peter Reading
Children's Book Award - The Coal House by Andrew Taylor

First Novel Award - Oranges are not the only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Novel Award - Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd
Biography Award - Hugh Dalton by Ben Pimlott
Poetry Award - Elegies by Douglas Dunn***
Children's Book Award - The Nature of the Beast by Janni Howker

[Note: The issuance of a Book of the Year award began in 1985. Between 1971 and 1984, categories shifted and awards were not given in all categories. ]

First Novel Award - A Parish of Rich Women by James Buchan
Novel Award - Kruger's Alp by Christopher Hope
Biography Award - T S Eliot by Peter Ackroyd
Short Story Award - Tomorrow is our Permanent Address by Diane Rowe
Children's Book Award - The Queen of the Pharisees' Children by Barbara Willard

First Novel Award - Flying to Nowhere by John Fuller
Novel Award - Fools of Fortune by William Trevor
Joint Biography Award - Vita by Victoria Glendining and King George V by Kenneth Rose
Children's Book Award - The Witches by Roald Dahl

First Novel Award - On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
Novel Award - Young Shoulders by John Wain
Biography Award - Bismarck by Edward Crankshaw
Children's Book Award - The Song of Pentecost by W J Corbett

First Novel Award - A Good Man in Africa by William Boyd
Novel Award - Silver's City by Maurice Leitch
Biography Award - Monty: The Making of a General by Nigel Hamilton
Children's Book Award - The Hollow Land by Jane Gardam

Novel Award - How Far Can You Go? by David Lodge
Biography Award - On the Edge of Paradise: A C Benson the Diarist by David Newsome
Childen's Book Award - John Diamond by Leon Garfield

Novel Award - The Old Jest by Jennifer Johnston
Autobiography Award - About Time by Penelope Mortimer
Children's Book Award - Tulku by Peter Dickinson

Novel Award - Picture Palace by Paul Theroux
Biography Award - Lloyd George: the People's Champion by John Grigg
Children's Book Award - The Battle of Bubble & Squeak by Philippa Pearce

Novel Award - Injury Time by Beryl Bainbridge
Biography Award - Mary Curzon by Nigel Nicolson
Children's Book Award - No End to Yesterday by Shelagh Macdonald

Novel Award - The Children of Dynmouth by William Trevor
Biography Award - Elizabeth Gaskell by Winifred Gerin
Children's Book Award - A Stitch in Time by Penelope Lively

Novel Award - Docherty by William McIlvanney
Autobiography Award - In Our Infancy by Helen Corke
First Book Award - The Improbable Puritan: A Life of Bulstrode Whitelock by Ruth Spalding

Novel Award - The Sacred & Profane Love Machine by Iris Murdoch
Biography Award - Poor Dear Brendan by Andrew Boyle
Joint Children's Books - How Tom Beat captain Najork & His Hired Sportsmen by Russell Hoban & Quentin Blake, The Emperor's Winding Sheet by Jill Paton Walsh
First Book Award - The Life & Death of Mary Wollstonecraft by Claire Tomalin

Novel Award - The Chip Chip Gatherers by Shiva Naipaul
Biography Award - CB: A Life of Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman by John Wilson
Children's Book Award - The Butterfly Ball & The Grasshopper's Feast by Alan Aldridge & William Plomer

Novel Award - The Bird of Night by Susan Hill
Biography Award - Trollope by James Pope-Hennessey
Children's Book Award - The Diddakoi by Rumer Godden

Novel Award - The Destiny Waltz by Gerda Charles
Biography Award - Henrik Ibsen by Michael Meyer
Poetry Award - Mercian Hymns by Geoffrey Hill

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