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2020 Costa Awards Shortlist

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year, from authors based in Britain and Ireland.

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Dear Life

A Doctor's Story of Love and Loss

By DEAR LIFE Rachel Clarke
Narrated by: DEAR LIFE Rachel Clarke
Length: 11 hours 14 minutes

"Rachel Clarke's authentic narration achieves the most important thing in audio production. It allows the author's humanity to shine and her written words to be transformed into a moving listening experience...Whether end-of-life medicine is one of your interests or not, this audiobook will deepen your connection with others and your deepest...

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The Man in the Red Coat

By Julian Barnes
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Length: 9 hours 9 minutes

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2020 The Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending takes us on a rich, witty tour of Belle Epoque Paris, via the life story of the pioneering surgeon Samuel Pozzi In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days’ shopping. One was a Prince, one was a Count, and the... Read more »

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The Mermaid of Black Conch

By Monique Roffey
Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe & Vivienne Acheampong
Length: 7 hours 36 minutes

Winner of the 2020 Cost Book of the Year Award Winner of the 2020 Costa Novel Award Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020 Nominated for the Rathbones Folio Prize Nomnated for the Desmond Elliot Prize Features original music created for the audiobook. March 1976: St Constance, a tiny Caribbean village on the island of Black Conch, at the... Read more »

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The Less Dead

By Denise Mina
Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

In this "thought-provoking" thriller from the author of the Reese Witherspoon book club pick and national bestseller Conviction, a woman in crisis finds herself on the hunt for her own mother's murderer (People).

Dr. Margo Dunlop is at a crossroads. Her adoptive mom just passed away, and Margo misses her so much she can't begin to empty the... Read more »

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All the Water in the World

A Novel

By Karen Raney
Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross & Gabra Zackman
Length: 9 hours 23 minutes

A stunning debut novel about a teenage girl and her mother as they grapple with first love, family secrets, and tragedy.

Maddy is sixteen. Smart, funny, and profound, she has loyal friends, a mother with whom she’s unusually close, a father she’s never met, devoted grandparents, and a crush on a boy named Jack. Maddy also has cancer. Living in... Read more »

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Love After Love

A Novel

By Ingrid Persaud
Narrated by: Ingrid Persaud
Length: 11 hours 46 minutes

“A stellar debut . . . about an unconventional family, fear, hatred, violence, chasing love, losing it and finding it again just when we need it most.”—The New York Times Book Review
WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK AWARD • “A wonder . . . [This book] teems with real, Trinidadian life.”—Claire Adam, award-winning author of Golden Child

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Big Girl, Small Town

By Michelle Gallen
Narrated by: Nicola Coughlan
Length: 9 hours 41 minutes

Big Girl, Small Town

“You might fall in love with this rough, bawdy, funny, and heart-wrenching novel because of the skill with which Michelle Gallen gives you the cadences and nuances of English as spoken in small-town Northern Ireland. You might fall in love because Gallen is showing you a working-class setting seldom depicted on either side of the pond, an atmosphere of sweat, grease, and labor, of Friday night pubs and Saturday hangovers, of people bursting with shattered dreams and electric intelligence. But you’ll most fall in love with Majella O’Neill, the narrator. She is unapologetically and completely herself, and unlike anyone I’ve met in fiction before. Through O’Neill, Gallen offers an outlook and experience that I’d happily share with other readers.”

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