The shortlists for the 2013 Costa Book Awards have recently been announced from a record of 617 titles submitted. The categories include the Novel award, First novel award, Biography award, Poetry award, and Children’s book award, with each having a panel of three judges. The four novels in the all female shortlist of the this award are the much acclaimed, Life after Life by Kate Atkinson, Unexpected Lessons in Love by Bernardine Bishop, who died in July of cancer, Instructions for a Heat Wave by Maggie O’Farrell, and All the Birds, Singing, the second novel from the young Australian born writer Evie Wyld.
Included in the first novel award is the much praised humorist novel, Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera. The winner of each category will receive £5,000 and the overall winner will receive £30,000, at the wards ceremony in London on 28th January 2014.