Launched in 1971, the Costa Book Awards (previously the Whitbread Book Awards) recognise the most enjoyable books by writers in the UK and Ireland across five categories - First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children's Book. Of the five winning books, one is awarded the prestigious Costa Book of the Year Award.
But the Costa Book Awards are not your typical literary prize - while literary merit is considered, an entertaining read is more likely to win top prize. The Costa Book Awards celebrate readable books that are enjoyed by anyone and everyone.
Here, you'll find every winner of the Costa Book Novel Award since 1971 - a list full of bestsellers and page-turners by the UK and Ireland's most beloved authors including Kate Atkinson, Ali Smith, Colm Tóibín, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, and William Trevor. If the Costa Book Novel Award judges have done their job, then you're sure to find an enjoyable read (or more) below.