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Barnes in frame for Costa Best Novel
16.11.11 | Graeme Neill
Man Booker winner Julian Barnes could be up for an unprecedented double after receiving a nomination for the best novel of the year in the 2011 Costa Awards.
Barnes' The Sense of an Ending is up against John Burnside, Andrew Miller and Louisa Young for the best novel award. If Barnes was to win and to take home the overall Costa Book of the Year prize, he would be the first author to win both it and the Man Booker for the same book.
In the biography category, Claire Tomalin, whose biography of Dickens was published this autumn, faces competition from a shortlist including debut author Matthew Hollis for his book about the war poet Edward Thomas. In poetry, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy is among those in contention for the prize.
This year's Costa Awards, which also include prizes for best debut and best children's book, received 568 entries. Winners in the five categories will each receive £5,000 when the category winners are announced on 4th January. The winning books will then compete for the Costa Book of the Year award.
The £30,000 prize will be revealed on 24th January 2012. Last year's winner was Jo Shapcott for Of Mutability.
The shortlists in full:
2011 Costa Novel Award
Julian Barnes The Sense of Ending (Jonathan Cape)
John Burnside A Summer of Drowning (Jonathan Cape)
Andrew Miller Pure (Sceptre)
Louisa Young My Dear I Wanted to Tell You (HarperCollins)
2011 Costa First Novel Award
Kevin Barry City of Bohane (Jonathan Cape)
Patrick McGuinness The Last Hundred Days (Seren)
Christie Watson Tiny Sunbirds Far Away (Quercus)
Kerry Young Pao (Bloomsbury)
2011 Costa Biography Award
Julia Blackburn Thin Paths: Journeys In and Around an Italian Mountain Village (Jonathan Cape)
Patrick and Henry Cockburn Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, A Father and Son’s Story (Simon & Schuster)
Matthew Hollis Now All Roads Lead to France: The Last Years of Edward Thomas (Faber and Faber)
Claire Tomalin Charles Dickens: A Life (Viking)
2011 Costa Poetry Award
Carol Ann Duffy The Bees (Picador)
David Harsent Night (Faber and Faber)
Jackie Kay Fiere (Picador)
Sean O’Brien November (Picador)
2011 Costa Children’s Book Award
Martyn Bedford Flip (Walker Books)
Frank Cottrell Boyce The Unforgotten Coat (Walker Books)
Lissa Evans Small Change for Stuart (Doubleday)
Moira Young Blood Red Road (Marion Lloyd Books)