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Before Christmas I entered a competition run by The Omnivore online magazine to win an entire set of the Costa Book Prize 2013 shortlisted books – and heavens to Betsy, I got an email the other day saying I’d won. Today a big box of all the books arrived.  THANK YOU!

As the individual category winners were announced last week, I’ve laid out the books with the categories going horizontally, and the winners on the left.  Ginny helped – she was drawn to Evie Wyld’s book – it’s the ‘birds’ in the title, I think.

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I already own (but have not read yet) copies of four of these, (Atkinson, Wyld, O’Farrell, and Olivia Laing in the top non-fiction line), Atkinson will be our book group read in March, so I have a spare copy to lend out.

I had considered buying myself a copy of Goth Girl by Chris Riddell as I’m a huge fan – you’re never too old for children’s books.  I’ve been recommended the book by Nathan Filer which won the debut novel category too.  I also hope that owning Clive James’ new translation of Dante may introduce me to that cornerstone of poetry.

As yet, I have no view as to which book I’d like to win the overall prize which will be announced on Jan 28th.  Given that I am only reading from my TBR for the TBR Triple Dog Dare I should only read the Atkinson, but I may have an extended look at the others – just a look!

Who do you think will win the Costa Book Prize 2013?

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