The Costa Book Awards are a set of annual literary awards recognising English-language books by writers based in Britain and Ireland. They were inaugurated for 1971 publications and known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2006 when Costa Coffee, then a subsidiary of Whitbread, took over sponsorship. The awards are given both for high literary merit but also for works that are enjoyable reading and whose aim is to convey the enjoyment of reading to the widest possible audience. As such, they are a more populist literary prize than the Booker Prize.
Costa Award for Best Novel
Costa Award for Best First Novel
Costa Award for Best Biography & Costa Book of the Year
Costa Award for Best Poetry
Costa Award for Best Children's Book of the Year