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Costa Category Winners Announced

Costa Book Awards Winners

The five category winners in the 2018 Costa Book Awards were announced on Monday evening - with Sally Rooney's all-conquering Normal People securing the Best Novel gong. 

Rooney, 27, becomes the youngest ever winner of a Costa Novel award. The judges said her novel - which has already won the Waterstones Book of the Year Award - was a "trailblazing novel about modern life and love that will electrify any reader". The millennial romance has an impressive 4.53 BIM rating from 15 reviews. 

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton's witty sci-fi/mystery mashup won the award for Best Debut Novel. The Costa judges described it as an "ingenious, intriguing, original and highly original mindbender of a murder mystery".

J.O.Morgan's Cold War poem Assurances won the Poetry category award, with the judges dazzled by its "originality and inventiveness". 

In the Best Biography category, The Cut Out Girl, Bart Van Es' personal exploration into how his family hid a young girl from the Nazis in Amsterdam, got a unanimous nod from the judging commitee. "The hidden gem of the year", they said. 

Rounding up the Costa category award winners was Hilary McKay, whose The Skylarks' War was selected as the Best Children's Book. "As perfect a novel as you could ever want to read," said the judges - which is quite appropriate, given its BIM rating is a perfect 5 out of 5. 

Find out more about the Costa 2018 Book Awards on The Bookseller

Sally Rooney

4.52 out of 5

20 reviews

When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel.

Stuart Turton

4.37 out of 5

6 reviews

Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.'

J. O. Morgan

0.00 out of 5

1 review

**SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION**A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, Assurances begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War: the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.

Hilary McKay

5.00 out of 5

6 reviews

An evocative and heartbreaking novel of family and friendship in wartime from Hilary McKay, award-winning author of the Casson Family Chronicles.