January is well established as award ceremony season both here and across the pond. The Golden Globes took place earlier this month, along with a host of other awards ceremonies and amongst some of the biggest winners and nominees were films and television shows based on books including Mary Poppins Returns, Killing Eve, Crazy Rich Asians, sharp Objects and A Very English Scandal. Books have definitely been under the spotlight this month and the New Year kicked off with the announcement of the category winners of the Costa Book Awards 2018.

We think the titles here provide perfect New Year reading inspiration and we’ll definitely be adding them to our ‘My Books’ shelf on the Reading Passport app. simply search ‘Reading Passport’ from your device’s app store and get started today.

The category winners are:

Costa First Novel Award

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton

Costa Novel Award

Normal People, Sally Rooney

Costa Biography Award 

The Cut Out Girl, Bart Van Es — also winner of the Costa Book of the Year

Costa Poetry Award 

Assurances, J.O Morgan

Costa Children’s Book Award

The Skylarks’ War, Hilary McKay


Congratulations to all the winners!