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Jan

2020 Costa Book of the Year - Virtual Winner Ceremony

The overall winner of the prestigious 2020 Costa Book of the Year will be announced at a virtual ceremony, hosted by presenter and broadcaster Penny Smith. The full ceremony will be available to view online for the first time in the Costa Book Awards 49-year history.

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Tuesday 26th January, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

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Free

About the Event

The overall winner of the prestigious 2020 Costa Book of the Year will be announced at a virtual ceremony, hosted by presenter and broadcaster Penny Smith. The full ceremony will be available to view online for the first time in the Costa Book Awards 49-year history.

 

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize that is open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year. 

 

Former winners of the Book of the Year include Kate Atkinson, Sebastian Barry, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Helen Macdonald, Andrea Levy, Hilary Mantel and Philip Pullman.  The 2019 Costa Book of the Year was The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Infiltrated Auschwitz by Jack Fairweather. Each of the five Category Award-winning authors receives £5,000 and the author of the overall Costa Book of the Year will be presented with a cheque for £30,000.

 

The Costa Book of the Year will be selected from five Category Award-winning titles, announced earlier this month, by a judging panel including television and radio presenter Angellica Bell, historian, author and broadcaster Suzannah Lipscomb (Chair), actor and writer Stephen Mangan and presenter and book vlogger Simon Savidge.

 

The five Category Award-winning authors in contention for the Book of the Year are: pioneering Irish poet, the late Eavan Boland (The Historians); writer and literary scout Natasha Farrant (Voyage of the Sparrowhawk); debut writer and social entrepreneur Lee Lawrence (The Louder I Will Sing: A story of racism, riots and redemption); writer, artist and academic Ingrid Persaud (Love After Love) and writer and memoirist Monique Roffey (The Mermaid of Black Conch: A Love Story).