The Costa book awards are divided into 5 categories, fiction, first novel, biography, poetry and children’s book. There are four shortlisted writers in each category. The winner of each will be announced on 4th January 2010, and the overall winner (who will receive £30,000) will be announced on 24th January 2012.
In the fiction category, the selected shortlist comprises of:
- Julian Barnes, (winner of the Mann Booker Prize), with The Sense of an Ending
- John Burnside for A Summer of Drowning
- Andrew Miller for Pure
- Louisa Young for My Dear I Wanted to Tell You
The shortlisted writers for the other categories can be found at Costa Book Awards.