The Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.
Here are but a few of the nominated titles for your reading consideration. Please check out the Costa Awards website for the full list of nominated titles.
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
The Green Road by Anne Enright
At Hawthorne Time by Melissa Harrison
First Novel Award
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the secret history of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding (available in 2016)
The Invention of Nature: the adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt, the lost hero of science by Andrea Wulf