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WE’RE BIG INTO BOOKS.

PUT FOUR FEET UP AND READ SOME OF THE MOST ENJOYABLE BOOKS OF THE YEAR

 
There’s nothing like putting your feet up with a good book and a great cup of coffee. Costa has always offered readers the chance to take time out to enjoy both these pleasures in our stores.
 
The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.
 
It's unique for having five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book.
 
The winner in each category receives £5,000, and then one of the five winning books is selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year, receiving a further £30,000, and making a total prize fund of £55,000. The Costa is the only prize that places children's books alongside adult books in this way.
 
The Costa Book Awards started life in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards. From 1985, they were known as the Whitbread Book Awards, until 2006, when Costa Coffee took over ownership from Whitbread.
 
Since 1971, the awards have rewarded a wide range of excellent books and authors across all genres. Find out more about the awards at costabookawards.com.
 
The winner of the 2012 Costa Book of the Year was Hilary Mantel with her book Bring up the Bodies. This is the sequel to Mantel's award-winning novel Wolf Hall and the second in the trilogy. Bring Up the Bodies continues the life of Thomas Cromwell and explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history, the destruction of Anne Boleyn.
 
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