The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

The Booksellers Association administer the Costa Book Awards, which is one of the most prestigious and popular literary prizes in the UK and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year by writers based in the UK and Ireland.

The Costa Book Awards has five categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book. The winner in each category receives £5,000. One of these five books is selected as the overall winner of the Book of the Year and receives a further £30,000, making a total prize fund of £55,000. It is the only prize which places children's books alongside adult books in this way.

The Awards started life in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards. From 1985 they were known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2006, when Costa Coffee took over ownership - the year that both Costa and the Book Awards celebrated their 35th anniversary.

Costa Book Awards category winners 2018
Costa Book Awards category winners 2018
- Costa First Novel Award: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton 
- Costa Novel Award: Normal People by Sally Rooney 
- Costa Biography Award: The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es  (Book of the Year winner!)
- Costa Poetry Award: Assurances by J. O. Morgan 
- Costa Children's Book Award: The Skylarks’ War by Hilary McKay