The category winners of the Costa Book Awards 2017 were announced recently and we're thrilled to have them all available on our website (and we have all 5 on a special offer!). The 5 categories are First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book and on the 30th January the overall winner will be crowned the Costa Book of the Year which gives you just enough time to read the category winners and decide which book you think should win the top prize before it's announced.
Gail Honeyman's debut novel has taken the world by storm and the film rights have already been sold to Reese Witherspoon's production company. The story is about a Glaswegian woman in her late 20s called Eleanor Oliphant. Eleanor wears the same clothes every day, eats the same food every day and drinks the same 2 bottles of vodka every weekend. She's fine, not good, not happy, but fine. That is until a simple act of kindness shakes up her mundane world. Will she find the strength to start really living instead of just getting by?
This thought-provoking novel starts in the early 21st century when a young girl has gone missing and her whole village band together to find out what happened to her. But, despite their best efforts, they never find her. The novel examines how this tragedy hangs over the local community for the next 13 years, focusing more on the impact the event has had on the villagers than the actual case of the missing girl itself. Reservoir 13 makes for a really unique and compelling read.
On his deathbed, Rebecca Stott's father asked her to help him write a memoir sharing his experiences in a fundamentalist Christian cult called the Exclusive Brethren. The cult believed the world was ruled by Satan and so contact with anyone outside of the cult was strictly forbidden. As time wore on Rebecca's father, a minister in the cult, started to question this way of life and when a scandal broke out where the Exclusive Brethren's leader was caught was another cult member's wife, he finally got himself and his family out. But, his adjustment to the real world proved difficult and in this eye-opening biography you can discover a truly shocking life story.
Helen Dunmore sadly passed away after a battle with cancer in June 2017 and this poetry collection brings together all the poems she wrote in her final months, including the poignant Hold Out Your Arms. Her state of mind is clear in these moving poems as the themes of living and dying ripple throughout. In her lifetime Helen was regarded as a terrific poet and both her poetry and fiction achieved much critical acclaim. Read her final words in her bittersweet last ever poetry collection.
Katherine Rundell's exciting children's story was inspired by her expedition to the Amazon. In The Explorer, 4 children must learn to survive in the wild when their plane crashes in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. They must learn to navigate this strange new world they've been thrown into and embrace their chance to be real explorers. Fall into this book and be mesmerised by the vivid descriptions of the rainforest - great for all readers aged 9 years old and up.
All these books are so brilliant, we don't think we can pick a favourite! Don't forget the Costa Book of the Year will be announced on the 30th January.