The 2018 Costa Book Awards, which recognize books by writers in the U.K. and Ireland, were announced today in the First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Book categories.
The winners were The Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton; Normal People by Sally Rooney, who became the youngest ever winner of the Costa Novel Award (mentioned here in not one but two of our most recent Year in Reading posts); The Cut Out Girl by Bart Es; Assurances by J.O. Morgan; and The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay (recommended in this essay from our archive).
Of the five, The Cut Out Girl was selected as Book of the Year at the London awards ceremony. Publishers Weekly called it a “nuanced, moving, and unusual” account that “thoughtfully examines a dark chapter in the Netherlands’ past.”