The Cut Out Girl Wins Costa Book of The Year Prize 2018

The Cut Out Girl – a powerful story about a young girl’s struggle to survive Nazi persecution, and a man’s attempt to unveil his family’s secrets – by Oxford University Professor of English Literature, Bart van Es, has been named the 2018 Costa Book of the Year.  

The Cut Out Girl is the extraordinary true story of a young Jewish girl in Holland during World War II who hides from the Nazis in the homes of an underground network of foster families, one of them the author’s grandparents.

Bart van Es beat bestselling Irish novelist Sally Rooney for her second novel, Normal People, debutauthor Stuart Turton for his first novel, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, the Scottish poet J. O. Morgan for Assurances and children’s writer Hilary McKay for The Skylarks’ War to win the overall prize and a cheque for £30,000 at the awards ceremony.

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year. 

The Cut Out Girl, published by Fig Tree, is the seventh biography to take the overall prize.  Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won twelve times by a novel, five times by a first novel, seven times by a biography, eight times by a collection of poetry and twice by a children’s book.

Caroline Ward Vine wins 2018 Costa Short Story Award

Caroline Ward Vine, a former magazine publisher and now a strategic consultant to the creative industries and education, from Kent won the public vote and £3,500 for her story, Breathing Water.  Two runners-up, literacy and language specialist Sophie Wellstood from South-West London and engineer Amanda Huggins from West Yorkshire, received £1,000 and £500 respectively.

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