A new year means new book goals. But where to begin? You can’t go far wrong with 2019's most celebrated titles, and the 2019 Costa Book Award winners will certainly point you in the right direction. So make room on your book shelf and say goodbye to a boring commute because below are the perfect five novels to begin 2020 with.
Later this month, one of today's winners will claim the overall Costa Book of the Year 2019 title. The format of the Costa Book Award, with separate juries for each category and a new jury for the overall winner, makes it rather unpredictable, but nonetheless remains prestigious.
Established in 1971, the annual awards seek to celebrate authors based in the UK or Ireland. Previous victors include Sally Rooney, who won the Novel Award in 2018 for Normal People andGail Honeyman with Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, which won the First Novel Award in 2017.
Here are the final five winners, and the Costa Book of the Year 2019 contenders.