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Costa Shortlist announced

the-elephant-keeperThe shortlist for the Costa Book Awards has been announced, and as The Guardian reported this year a little known novelist by the name of Christopher Nicholson has been pitted against some literary heavyweights.

Nicholson’s The Elephant Keeper was one of the most eye-catching. The judges described his book about a stable boy who develops a deepening relationship with Jenny, an elephant, as “an unusual and absorbing story – a real discovery.” It was one of a record number of 155 entries for the category with Mantel’s bestselling doorstopper about Thomas Cromwell, Wolf Hall, unsurprisingly one of the four shortlisted books.

Novel award:
Penelope Lively for Family Album
Hilary Mantel for Wolf Hall
Christopher Nicholson for The Elephant Keeper
Colm Tóibín for Brooklyn

First novel award
Rachel Heath for The Finest Type of English Womanhood
Peter Murphy for John the Revelator
Raphael Selbourne for Beauty
Ali Shaw for The Girl with Glass Feet

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