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!
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
was described by the judges as showing “incredible flair and unusual skill”. (First Novel)
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.
The overall winner of the Costa Book Award 2013 is a first time author.
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.
Here at the library we are very excited to be re-launching a book award for the local area. Our team of librarians are working in conjunction with local school librarians
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
The winner of this years’ (2013) Carnegie medal.
Thank you all for your contributions to the Young Quills Award. The Historical Association
American writer A.M. Holmes prevented Hilary Mantel from taking a third literary prize for Bring Up the Bodies