The 2012 Costa Book of the Year

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There’s nothing like snuggling up with a warm coffee inside the wooden walls of Costa whilst you sit at the window peering out at the people fighting with their umbrellas in the brewing storm. What makes this image even more blissful is having a book gripped in one hand. Ah, it’s the dream of all John Lewis adverts.

Tonight one novel will be voted as the 2012 Costa book of the year. The awards have been taking place since 1971 (who knew Costa had been going for that long?) and it involves a winner for each of these categories: First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book, and the five books that win each of these individual categories then go on to compete in the final competition.

Here are the ones who are fighting for the final prize:

Biography winner: Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot

Novel winner : Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel

First novel winner: The Innocents by Francesca Segal

Poetry winner: The Overhaul by Kathleen Jamie

Children’s book winner: Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Who would get your vote?