The Costa Book Awards shortlist for 2018 has been announced and we think that there is plenty here to set up your weekend reading lists and beyond. Why not ‘check them out’ via your local library and then update your ‘my Books’ shelf on our  Reading Passport app?

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2018 Costa Novel Award

The Silence of Girls, Pat Barker
The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman
Normal People, Sally Rooney
From a Low and Quiet Sea, Donal Ryan

Costa First Novel Award

Pieces of Me, Natalie Hart
An Unremarkable Body, Elisa Lotado
The Seven Deaths of Evleyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton
Meet Me at the Museum, Anne Youngson

Costa Biography Award

To Throw Away Unopened, Viv Albertine
The Cut Out Girl, Bart Van Es
The Salt Path, Raynor Winn
The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: the autobiography, Benjamin Zephaniah

Costa Poetry Award

Us, Zaffar Kunial
Assurances, Jo Morgan
Soho, Richard Scott
Three Poems, Hannah Sullivan

Costa Children’s Book Award

The Colour of the Sun, David Almond
Bone Talk, Candy Gourlay
Orphan Monster Spy, Matt Killeen
The Skylarks’ War, Hilary MacKay

Good luck to all the shortlistees!

We hope you enjoy reading some of the nominated titles, we’re already starting on the list.