2013 Costa First Novel Award
Nathan Filer for The Shock of the Fall (HarperCollins)
2013 Costa Biography Award
Lucy Hughes-Hallett for The Pike: Gabriele D’Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War (Fourth Estate)
2013 Costa Poetry Award
Michael Symmons Roberts for Drysalter (Jonathan Cape)
2013 Costa Children’s Book Award
Chris Riddell for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Macmillan Children’s Books)
2013 Costa Short Story Award
Angela Readman for The Keeper of the Jackalopes
and over at The Guardian:
The comedian Jo Brand has called The Shock of the Fall "one of the best books about mental illness" and judges for the Costa book awards said it was a novel "so good it will make you feel a better person".
It was named as one of five category winners for the Costas and will go forward to compete for the overall book of the year prize, to be decided later this month.
Filer, 32, won in the best first novel category for a story about a young man's dramatic descent into mental illness, although the author said he hopes it is about more than that.