Saturday, 24 November 2012

Costa Book Awards 2012 - nominees

Now in it's 41st year, the Costa Book Award nominees have been announced.

Hilary Mantel may add to her Man Booker Prize when the awards are announced during a ceremony on the 29th January 2013.

The winner of the Novel Award will pocket a cheque for £30,000 with the winners of the remaining categories fighting for £5,000 per award.

2012 Costa Novel Award shortlist
Hilary Mantel for Bring up the Bodies
Stephen May for Life! Death! Prizes!
James Meek for The Heart Broke In
Joff Winterhart for Days of the Bagnold Summer

2012 Costa First Novel Award shortlist
JW Ironmonger for The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder
Jess Richards for Snake Ropes
Francesca Segal for The Innocents
Benjamin Wood for The Bellwether Revivals

2012 Costa Biography Award shortlist
Artemis Cooper for Patrick Leigh-Fermor: An Adventure
Selina Guinness for The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family
Kate Hubbard for Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household
Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot for Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

2012 Costa Poetry Award shortlist
Sean Borodale for Bee Journal
Julia Copus for The World’s Two Smallest Humans
Selima Hill for People Who Like Meatballs
Kathleen Jamie for The Overhaul

2012 Costa Children’s Book Award shortlist
Sally Gardner for Maggot Moon
Diana Hendry for The Seeing
Hayley Long for What’s Up with Jody Barton?
Dave Shelton for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat

Alt-J take the Mercury Music Prize 2012

Once more, the bookies call it...

"An Awesome Wave" has won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize 2012.

The Leeds four-piece received the award at the Roundhouse in Camden along with a cheeky cheque in the sum of £20,000.

Alt-J beat off competition from another 'safe list' of nominees... Richard Hawley, once again, went home empty handed.

Mantel wins the Man Booker Prize

Hilary Mantel has become the only the third person in history to win the Man Booker Prize on two separate


Mantel's "Bring up the Bodies" beat off competition from 145 novels and is the first sequel to win the much coveted prize.

With a book to complete to trilogy, further success could simply be a novel away.