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A collection of book awards from 2020 and 2021 showcasing some of the most incredible fiction and non-fiction published.  We have handpicked some of our favourite awards from over the year.  Tempted by some of the titles?  Reserve a copy on-line to pick up from your local library.

Collections of the award shortlisted titles are available at the following libraries:  Costa Coffee – Meadows;  Women’s Prize – Wollaton;  The Dagger – Clifton;  Booker  Prize – Dales.

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Costa Coffee

Launched in 1971, the Costa Book Awards is one of the UK’s most prestigious and popular book prizes and celebrates the most enjoyable books of the year by writers resident in the UK and Ireland.  The prize has five categories – First NovelNovelBiographyPoetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winning books selected as the overall Costa Book of the year and each category is judged separately by a panel of three judges per category.

For more information and for the category winners for 2020 click the button below:

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Women’s prize for fiction

The Women’s Prize for Fiction showcase the very best writing by women for everyone through the annual Women’s Prize for Fiction, the largest celebration of women’s creativity in the world. The Prize was founded in 1996 with a dual purpose: to both celebrate and honour the best of fiction writing by women, and to fund a range of charitable and educational initiatives to benefit readers.

They empower all women to raise their voice and own their story, shining a spotlight on outstanding and ambitious fiction by women from anywhere in the world, regardless of their age, race, nationality or background.

To join in the live streaming events and find out the full longlist and shortlist click here:

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The Daggers

The CWA Daggers are the premier literary crime-writing awards in the United Kingdom. Entries to seven of our eleven Daggers are nominated by publishers and judged independently of the CWA by industry professionals.

We’ve highlighted The Golden Dagger, The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger and the John Creasey New Blood Dagger awards with collections of the shortlisted 2020 titles in some of our libraries.

To find more information and the booklists for 2020 check out their website:

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The Booker Prize

The Booker Prize is one of the leading literary awards in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years.  Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland.  We celebrate the 2020 longlist.

To find out more information, the longlist or shortlist titles and discover the overall winner check out their website:

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