Category Archives: Prizes

Frances Hardinge’s “The Lie Tree” wins Costa Award

Frances Hardinge’s “The Lie Tree” wins Costa Award

We are delighted to see that “The Lie Tree” by Frances Hardinge is the winner of this year’s Costa Book of the Year. The award is judged for the most outstanding books of the year in 5 categories : First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with the winner of one of the categories then being chosen as Book of the Year. Frances is only the second author from the Children’s category to win the overall prize – the first was Philip Pullman.

The Award Ceremony and Frances’ acceptance speech was covered by the BBC News.

Frances visited Bolton School in May 2015 to talk to year 9 pupils about The Lie Tree and her earlier novels. A write up of the visit can be found here. All of her novels including The Lie Tree can be borrowed from our Libraries, please just ask!

Costa Book Award winners announced.

Costa Book Award winners announced.

Costa Book Awards

The winners of this year’s Costa Book Awards have been announced.

 

Costa Novel Award Winner: Ali Smith, How to be Both

Costa First Novel Award Winner: Emma Healey, Elizabeth is Missing

Costa Biography Award Winner: Helen MacDonald, H is for Hawk

Costa Poetry Award Winner: Jonathan Edwards, My Family and Other Superheroes

Costa Children’s Book Award Winner: Kate Saunders, Five Children on the Western Front

 

Elizabeth is Missing

 

was described by the judges as showing “incredible flair and unusual skill”. (First Novel)

 

 

Five Children on the Western Front

 

was described by the judges as “a modern masterpiece that captures the spirit of a much-loved classic”. (Children’s Book)

 

Both are available to borrow from the libraries now.

 

The overall winner will be announced on 27th January 2015.

 

To find out more about this year’s winners, along with a list of past winners of the Costa Book Awards, go to their website.

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced yesterday and copies of every title will be available in the Girls’ Main Library. Obviously the Boys’ Division are welcome to use the interlibrary loan system if they would like to read them. Please just ask a member of Library staff. Click on each front cover to take you to the relevant Man Booker Prize website page for further information.

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