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Encyclopedia > Costa Book Awards

The Costa Book Awards are among the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary awards. They were known as the Whitbread Awards until 2006, when Costa Coffee took over sponsorship. Costa Coffee is a coffee house company based in the United Kingdom founded in 1971 by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa, as a wholesale operation supplying roasted coffee to caterers and specialist Italian coffee shops. ...

The awards, launched in 1971, are given both for high literary merit but also for works that are enjoyable reading and whose aim is to convey the enjoyment of reading to the widest possible audience. As such they are a more populist literary prize than the Booker Prize. One of the main events in the British literary calendar, they are sometimes announced as if they are the first of the year's literary prizes, whereas they are actually the last. 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known as the Man Booker Prize, or simply the Man Booker, is one of the worlds most important literary prizes, and awarded each year for the best original novel written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland in...

In 1989, controversy erupted when the judges first awarded the Best Novel prize to Alexander Stuart's The War Zone, then withdrew the prize prior to the ceremony amid acrimony among the judges, ultimately awarding it to Lindsay Clarke's The Chymical Wedding. Alexander Stuart (born January 27, 1955) is a British-born, Los Angeles-based novelist and screenwriter, whose books have been translated into eight languages and published in the US, Britain, Europe, Israel and throughout the world. ... The War Zone is a 1999 movie written by Alexander Stuart, based on his novel, and directed by Tim Roth. ... Lindsay Clarke (born 1939, Halifax, West Yorkshire) is a British novelist. ...


The Process

Currently each year winners are chosen by five separate judging panels picking from different shortlists in five different categories

The categories are:

  • Best novel
  • Best first novel
  • Children's
  • Poetry
  • Biography

Each category winner receives £5000. One of the category winners is selected as the "Book of the Year" and given a further £25 000. The overall Whitbread book of the year is chosen by a judging panel that comprises five judges from the previous category round and four new ones.

The category winners do not have to be British but must be resident in the UK for at least six months of the year.

Book of the Year Award Winners

Prior to 2006, "The Whitbread Awards"

See also

A list of British literary awards: Booker Prize British Book Awards -- the Nibbies Commonwealth Writers Prize Duff Cooper Prize Hawthornden Prize Hessell-Tiltman Prize John Llewellyn Rhys Prize Orange Prize for Fiction Samuel Johnson Prize Somerset Maugham Award Whitbread Awards Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize Bridport Prize Cholmondeley Award Eric Gregory... This is a list of literary awards from around the world: // Nobel Prize in Literature Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for childrens and youth literature. ... The term English literature refers to literature written in the English language, including literature composed in English by writers not necessarily from England; Joseph Conrad was Polish, Robert Burns was Scottish, James Joyce was Irish, Dylan Thomas was Welsh, Edgar Allan Poe was American as was T.S Eliot, Salman... British literature is literature from the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. ... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ... This page indexes the individual year in literature pages. ...

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