Indies dominate Costa lists

Indies dominate Costa lists

<p>Indie publishers have scored highly on the shortlists for this year&#39;s Costa Book Awards, with three titles from Faber, plus Beautiful Books, Quartet and Welsh publisher Gomer in the running.<br /><br />The First Novel Award category for the prize, which is for the &ldquo;most enjoyable&rdquo; books published between between 1st November 2009 and 31st October 2010, is dominated by indies with Kishwar Desai&#39;s <em>Witness the Night</em> (Beautiful Books), Nikesh Shukla&#39;s <em>Coconut Unlimited </em>(Quartet Books), Simon Thirsk&#39;s <em>Not Quite White</em> (Gomer Press) and Aatish Taseer&#39;s <em>The Temple-Goers</em> (Viking) in the running.<br /><br />Paul Murray&#39;s Man Booker-longlisted <em>Skippy Dies</em> (Hamish Hamilton) is in the running for the 2010 Costa Novel of the Year Award, alongside Louise Doughty for <em>Whatever You Love</em> (Faber), Nigel Farndale&#39;s <em>The Blasphemer</em> (Doubleday) and <em>The Hand That First Held Mine</em> by Maggie O&#39;Farrell (Headline Review).</p><p>The Costa Biography Award shortlist comprises Sarah Bakewell for <em>How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer</em> (Chatto), Michael Frayn for <em>My Father&rsquo;s Fortune</em> (Faber) and Edmund de Waal for <em>The Hare with Amber Eyes</em> (also Chatto)<br /> <br />Jo Shapcott&#39;s collection <em>Of Mutability</em> (Faber) has made the poetry category, alongside Roy Fisher&#39;s <em>Standard Midland </em>(Bloodaxe), Robin Robertson&#39;s <em>The Wrecking Light</em> (Picador), and Sam Willetts&#39; <em>New Light for the Old Dark</em> (Cape Poetry).<br /><br />And in the children&#39;s category, two titles from Andersen Press, Sharon Dogar&#39;s <em>Annexed</em> and Jason Wallace&#39;s <em>Out of Shadows</em> are in the shortlist, alongside <em>Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon</em> by Jonathan Stroud (Doubleday) and Lucy Christopher&#39;s<em> Flyaway</em> (the Chicken House).<br /><br />Winners in the five categories, who each receive &pound;5,000, will be announced on 5th January 2011. The overall winner of the &pound;30,000 Costa Book of the Year 2010 will be announced on 25th January.<br /><br /> </p>