Costa's all-female shortlist

<p>Emigrant writers dominate an all-female First Novel category shortlist in this year&#39;s Costa Book Awards. Tahmima Anam&#39;s <em>A Golden Age</em> (John Murray) is vying with Catherine O&#39;Flynn&#39;s <em>What Was Lost</em> (Tindal Street), Nikita Lalwani&#39;s <em>Gifted</em> (Viking), and Roma Tearne for <em>Mosquito</em> (HarperPress) for the prize.</p><p>D&eacute;but poet Daljit Nagra, meanwhile, gets the nod in the poetry category, alongside Jean Sprackland, John Fuller and Ian Duhig. Rose Tremain and A L Kennedy are among those shortlisted for the Best Novel.</p><p>The awards attracted 553 entries, and included a record number of submissions in both the Novel and Children&#39;s Book categories, with 150 and 138 entries respectively.</p><p>Winners in the five categories, who each receive &pound;5,000, will be announced on 3rd January 2008, and the overall winner, who receives &pound;25,000, will be announced on 22nd January 2008.<br /><br />Last year, Stef Penney&#39;s <em>The Tenderness of Wolves</em> (Quercus) took home the overall prize.<br /><br /><br />Full list of shortlisted titles:<br /><br /><strong>Novel shortlist</strong></p><p>Neil Bartlett&#39;s Skin Lane (Serpent&#39;s Tail), A L Kennedy&#39;s Day (Cape), Rupert Thomson&#39;s Death of a Murderer (Bloomsbury), and Rose Tremain&#39;s The Road Home (Chatto)<br /><br /><strong>First Novel shortlist</strong></p><p>Tahmima Anam&#39;s A Golden Age (John Murray), Catherine O&#39;Flynn&#39;s What Was Lost (Tindal Street), Nikita Lalwani&#39;s Gifted (Viking), and Roma Tearne for Mosquito (HarperPress)<br /><br /><strong>Biography shortlist</strong></p><p>Julie Kavanagh&#39;s Rudolf Nureyev (Fig Tree), Ben Macintyre&#39;s Agent ZigZag (Bloomsbury), Simon Sebag Montefiore&#39;s Young Stalin (Weidenfeld), and Michael Simkins&#39;s Fatty Batter (Ebury)<br /><strong><br />Poetry shortlist</strong></p><p>Ian Duhig&#39;s The Speed of Dark (Picador), John Fuller&#39;s The Space of Joy (Chatto), Daljit Nagra&#39;s Look We Have Coming to Dover! (Faber), and Jean Sprackland&#39;s Tilt (Cape Poetry)<br /><br /><strong>Children&#39;s Book shortlist</strong></p><p>Ann Kelley&#39;s The Bower Bird (Luath), Elizabeth Laird&#39;s Crusade (Macmillan), Meg Rosoff&#39;s What I Was (Puffin), and Marcus Sedgwick&#39;s Blood Red Snow White<br />(Orion)</p>