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2021 Costa Awards Shortlist

2021 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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The Fortune Men

A novel

By Nadifa Mohamed
Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
Length: 10 hours 31 minutes

BOOKER PRIZE FINALIST • Based on a true event, this novel is “a blues song cut straight from the heart ... about the unjust death of an innocent Black man caught up in a corrupt system” (Walter Mosley, best-selling author of Devil in a Blue Dress).

In Cardiff, Wales in 1952, Mahmood Mattan, a young Somali sailor, is accused of a crime he did not... Read more »

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Fault Lines

A Novel

By Emily Itami
Narrated by: Lydia Wilson
Length: 5 hours 22 minutes

Fault Lines

“Emily Itami has given us an incredibly engaging, hilarious, and relatable narrator in Mizuki as she navigates the fault lines in her marriage, in her past, and within herself.”

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The Mysterious Life and Death of Robert Maxwell, Britain's Most Notorious Media Baron

By John Preston
Narrated by: Simon Bubb
Length: 11 hours 23 minutes

Winner of the UK’s 2022 Costa Prize for Biography

“A portrait of one of the most enigmatic figures in the annals of white-collar crime. . . . A well-researched, compelling book that uncovers many mysteries about a media tycoon.”—Kirkus Reviews

From the acclaimed author of A Very English Scandal, a thrilling and dramatic true-life account of the...

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The Moth and the Mountain

A True Story of Love, War, and Everest

By Ed Caesar
Narrated by: James Langton
Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

“An outstanding book.” —The Wall Street Journal * “Gripping at every turn.” —Outside * “A hell of a ride.” —The Times (London)

An extraordinary true story about one man’s attempt to salve the wounds of war and save his own soul through an audacious adventure.

In the 1930s, as official government expeditions set their sights on conquering Mount... Read more »

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The High House

A Novel

By Jessie Greengrass
Narrated by: Camilla Rockley, Sam Newton & Mariam Abu-Hejleh
Length: 6 hours 22 minutes

Shortlisted for the 2021 Costa Novel Award

In this powerful, highly anticipated novel from an award-winning author, four people attempt to make a home in the midst of environmental disaster.

Perched on a sloping hill, set away from a small town by the sea, the High House has a tide pool and a mill, a vegetable garden, and, most importantly, a... Read more »

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A Child and a Country at the End of History

By Lea Ypi
Narrated by: Rachel Babbage & Lea Ypi
Length: 9 hours 7 minutes

Longlisted for the 2021 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

A reflection on "freedom" in a dramatic, beautifully written memoir of the end of Communism in the Balkans.

Lea Ypi grew up in the last Stalinist country in Europe: Albania, a place of queuing and scarcity, of political executions and secret police. While family members disappeared... Read more »

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The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh

By Helen Rutter
Narrated by: Helen Rutter
Length: 6 hours 56 minutes

“Very funny, very touching, very truthful - a total delight to read.” JACQUELINE WILSON “Amazing” NoeL FIELDING A laugh-out-loud, against-all-odds triumph of a story: the funniest debut of 2021. Billy Plimpton is an eleven-year-old boy with a big dream. He wants to be a stand-up comedian when he grows up: delivering pinpoint punch-lines and... Read more »

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