5 for Â£25 Costa Book Award Winners 2016
Winner of the Costa First Novel Award, Francis Spufford's debut fiction novel, Golden Hill, is a book that will transport you right back to New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan Island, in 1746.
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A charming stranger from England arrives and has a compelling (yet suspicious) proposition for the counting house on Golden Hill Street - he wishes to cash and order for #1,000...
With questions hanging over whether he can be trusted, the young man has the gift of the gab and decides to create a new life for himself in a place that is just starting to develop its unique character. But then he falls in love and enters a whole new world of trouble...
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2016, Falling Awake is the latest anthology from Alice Oswald - a poet who was won every major British poetry prize, including the T.S. Eliot Award.
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Vivid and distinct and heavily engaged in the natural world, the poems touch on themes including life's losing struggle and what it means to be alive. The poems are fresh and fluid but also fragmentary and full of repetition.
They're ideal for reading out aloud.
Winner of the Costa Biography Award 2016, Keggie Carew's Dadland is a story of war and grief, jealousy and madness and mischief and fierce love.
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A poignant exploration of what becomes of us as we grow old, it is full of Keggie's memories of her rather unorthodox but charming father. As her father Tom begins to lose his memory, Keggie tries to unravel his story but finds out so many surprising secrets.
She learns that Tom Carew was a maverick, a left-handed stutterer and a law unto himself. He was also part of an elite SEO unit who was parachuted behind enemy lines to raise guerilla resistance in France, Burma and during the Second World War - and that was just the beginning...
Dadland takes in elements of peace and war and then follows a painful path into dementia. It's a heartbreaking, powerful and perfectly poignant true story about an extraordinary man.
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Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2016, Brian Conaghan's The Bombs that Brought Us Together is a powerful tale of survival and morality that will appeal to fans of John Boyne and Patrick Ness.
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Charlie Law is a 14-year-old who has lived in Little Town his whole life. On the border with Old Country, he's had to live by a string of rules: no drinking, no litter, no fighting. But then he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country and everything changes...
Bombs start to fall and then Old Country's soldiers arrive... Charlie soon learns that to keep the people you love safe, sometimes you have to do bad things. Charlie finds himself sucked into a dangerous game that includes a gun, a bad man, his closest friend and his dearest enemy.
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year 2016 and the Costa Novel Award 2016, The Secret Scripture author Sebastian Barry's Days Without End is set in the mid-19th century and follows Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms John Cole as they sign up for the US army and go on to fight in the Indian wars and the Civil War.
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Despite the horrors and hardships, both men find their days filled with wonder. A young Indian girl crosses their path and both men sense the possibility of lasting happiness - as long as they can survive.
Spanning from the West to Tennessee, this an intensely poignant look at two men and the fates they were dealt during some of America's most fateful periods.