The shortlist of the Costa (formerly Whitbread) Book Awards was announced last night, and the lucky nominees are:
- The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry
- Somewhere Towards the End by Diana Athill
- The Outcast by Sadie Jones
- Just Henry by Michelle Magorian
- The Broken Word by Adam Foulds
The Guardian website has lots of interesting Costa-related articles, including extracts from the nominees.
The winner will be announced on 27 January.