Winner: Best Children's Book
Bestselling children’s author Natasha Farrant wins the Costa Children’s Book Award for Voyage of the Sparrowhawk, which follows an epic voyage from England to France in the aftermath of WW1 and described by the judges as ‘a purely joyful read.’
Jill McDonald, CEO of Costa Coffee, said: “Five outstanding books and five very worthy Award winners – what a wonderful way to start the year. The Costa Book Awards are all about recognising great writing and a good read and we’re very proud to be announcing such a brilliant collection of books for readers to explore and enjoy.”
Set in the aftermath of the First World War, it is the story of two orphaned children, a girl in the non-existent care of grim relations, and a boy who lives on a narrow boat. In a joint adventure to find people they have lost, the pair sail the barge across the Channel, demonstrating hopefulness and courage. On the side of kindness and love, with compassionate characters (and dogs) who steal your heart, and crafted with elegant succinctness, this has been one of the most compelling, joyous, tearjerking and delightful reads of the year, and one of my top books to read aloud.