Costa Book Award for Best First Novel

 

2014 selection

Elizabeth Is Missing

Costa Book Award for Best First Novel 2014

by Emma Healey

In this darkly riveting debut novel, a sophisticated psychological mystery, one woman will stop at nothing to fiFInd her best friend, who seems to have gone missing. . . . 

Despite Maud's growing anxiety about...


2013 selection

Where the Moon Isn't

Costa Book Award for Best First Novel 2013

by Nathan Filer

Winner of the 2013 Costa First Novel Award (under the title The Shock of the Fall)

"A stunning novel. Ambitious and exquisitely realized . . . clearly the work of a major new talent." --S. J. Watson, New York...


2012 selection

The Innocents

Costa Book Award for Best First Novel 2012

by Francesca Segal

*** Winner of the 2012 Costa First Novel Award *** *** Winner of the 2013 Harold U. Ribalow Prize, the 2013 Sam Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, the 2012 Costa First Novel Award, and the 2012 National Jewish...


2011 selection

Tiny Sunbirds, Far Away

Costa Book Award for Best First Novel 2011

by Christie Watson

Winner of the 2011 Costa First Novel Award

When their mother catches their father with another woman, twelve year-old Blessing and her fourteen-year-old brother, Ezikiel, are forced to leave their comfortable...


2009 selection

Beauty

Costa Book Award for Best First Novel 2009

by Raphael Selbourne

Beauty - in both name and appearance - is a twenty-year-old Bangladeshi, back in

England having disgraced her family by fleeing an abusive arranged marriage. Forced onto

the jobseeker's treadmill and under extreme...


2007 selection

What Was Lost

Costa Book Award for Best First Novel 2007

by Catherine O'Flynn

A tender and sharply observant debut novel about a missing young girl--winner of the Costa First Novel Award and long-listed for the Booker Prize, the Orange Prize, and The Guardian First Book Award

In the 1980s,...