The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and which recognises some of the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year.
The Category Winners form the shortlist for the 2019 Costa Book of the Year Award, the winner of which was announced on 28 January. This year, the judging panel for Book of the Year was chaired by broadcast journalist and author Sian Williams and comprised of category judges Clare Mackintosh, John Boyne, Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, Jade Cuttle and Bali Rai, joined by actor, comedian and author Ben Miller, actor Hugh Quarshie and broadcaster Anneka Rice.
Multi-award-winning author Jonathan Coe has won the Costa Novel Award for Middle England, his thirteenth novel. Middle England tells the story of a changing country and the cracks that begin to appear within families and between generations.
A landmark account of one of the greatest unsung heroes of WWII, Polish underground operative Witold Pilecki, from award-winning former war reporter Jack Fairweather, wins the Costa Biography Award.
The first book written by Jasbinder Bilan, Asha & the Spirit Bird is a thrilling adventure set in contemporary India, drawing on the rich heritage of Bilan's family history and wins this year's Costa Children's Book Award.