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The Costa Book Awards (before 2006 known as the Whitbread Awards) are among the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary awards.[citation needed] They were launched in 1971, are given both for high literary merit but also for works that are enjoyable reading and whose aim is to convey the enjoyment of reading to the widest possible audience. This page gives details of the awards given in the year 2011.

The shortlists were announced on 16 November 2011.[1] The category winners were announced on 3 January 2012 and the "Book of the Year" winner was announced on 24 January at a ceremony at Quaglino's restaurant in central London.[2]

The editor of the Evening Standard newspaper, Geordie Greig, chaired the "Book of the Year" panel of celebrity judges; consisting of comedian Hugh Dennis, actress Dervla Kirwan, broadcaster Mary Nightingale, and authors Patrick Gale, Jojo Moyes, Flora Fraser, William Fiennes and Eleanor Updale.[2][3][4]

Contents

Book of the YearEdit

Children's BookEdit

Winner:

Shortlist:

First NovelEdit

Winner:

Shortlist:

NovelEdit

Winner:

Shortlist:

BiographyEdit

Winner:

Shortlist:

  • Julia Blackburn, Thin Paths: Journeys In and Around an Italian Mountain Village
  • Patrick Cockburn & Henry Cockburn, Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son’s Story
  • Claire Tomalin, Charles Dickens: A Life

PoetryEdit

Winner:

Shortlist:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cost Book Award shortlist" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  2. ^ a b c "Andrew Miller Wins 2011 Costa Book Of The Year" (PDF) (Press release). costabookawards.com. 2012-01-24. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  3. ^ "BBC News - Costa prize: Andrew Miller takes award for novel Pure". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
  4. ^ Brown, Mark (2012-01-24). "Costa book award: Andrew Miller wins for sixth novel, Pure | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-01-25.