The winners of the Costa Book Awards were announced Tuesday, honoring Claire Fuller and Caleb Azumah Nelson among the authors with the annual British Literary Awards.
Fuller won the Best Novel Award for Troubled Ground, published in the US last May by Tin House. Prize organizers praised the book as “a thrilling novel of resilience and hope, of love and survival, exploring with dazzling emotional power how the truths closest to us are often the hardest to see.”
Nelson was honored with the award for best first novel for open waterwhich organizers called “a crushing debut novel about two black British artists who fall in love and no more.”
The award for best biography went to John Preston for: Autumn: The Mysterious Life and Death of Robert Maxwell, Britain’s Most Notorious Media Baron† Maxwell, the flamboyant fraudster who died in 1991, was the father of Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite and Jeffrey Epstein employee who was convicted of sex trafficking last week. Preston’s biography is… amended in a television series from production company Working Title.
Hannah Lowe won the poetry prize for The kidswhile Manjeet Mann claimed the Children’s Book Award for: The crossing†
All five winners now have a chance to win the Costa Book of the Year award, to be announced on February 1.
Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.