The Kids by Hannah Lowe – Named 2021 Costa Book of the Year
Poetry Award Winner & Overall Costa Book Award Winner
THE KIDS – HANNAH LOWE
Across these deeply felt poems, Lowe interrogates the acts of teaching and learning with empathy and humour. Social class, gender and race – and their fundamental intersection with education – are investigated with an ever critical and introspective eye. These boisterous and musical poems explore the universal experience of what it is to be taught, to learn and to teach.
Novel Award Winner
UNSETTLED GROUND – CLAIRE FULLER
When you live on the edge of society, it only takes one step to fall between the cracks. Unsettled Ground is a powerful novel of betrayal and resilience, love and survival. It is a portrait of life on the fringes of society that explores with dazzling emotional power how we can build our lives on broken foundations, and spin light from darkness.
First Novel Award Winner
OPEN WATER – CALEB AZUMAH NELSON
At once an achingly beautiful love story and a potent insight into race and masculinity, Open Water asks what it means to be a person in a world that sees you only as a Black body, to be vulnerable when you are only respected for strength, to find safety in love, only to lose it. With gorgeous, soulful intensity, Caleb Azumah Nelson has written the most essential British debut of recent years.
Biography Award Winner
THE FALL: THE MYSTERY OF ROBERT MAXWELL – JOHN PRESTON
Following his death, media mogul Robert Maxwell was reviled as the embodiment of greed and corruption. No one had ever fallen so far and so quickly. What went so wrong? How did a war hero and model of society become reduced to an amoral wreck? In this gripping book, John Preston delivers the definitive account of Maxwell’s extraordinary rise and scandalous fall.
Children’s Book Award Winner
THE CROSSING – MANJECT MANN
A trailblazing novel about two teenagers from opposite worlds; The Crossing is a profound story of hope, grief, and the very real tragedies of the refugee crisis. A twist of fate brings Natalie and Sammy together and gives them both hope. But is hope enough to mend a broken world?
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A note from Costa – “After 50 years of celebrating some of the most enjoyable books written by hugely talented authors from across the UK and Ireland, Costa Coffee has taken the difficult decision to end the Costa Book Awards. This means that the 2021 Costa Book Awards held in February 2022 was our 50th and final awards.”