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In the running for big prizes

The shortlists for the 2015 Costa Book of the Year Awards have been announced. For the Costa Novel Award the nominees are: Kate Atkinson, A God in Ruins (Doubleday); Anne Enright, The Green Road (Jonathan Cape); Patrick Gale, A Place Called Winter (Tinder Press); Melissa Harrison, At Hawthorn Time (Bloomsbury). For the Costa FirstNovel Award the nominees are: Sara Baume, Spill Simmer Falter Wither (Windmill Books); Kate Hamer, The Girl in the Red Coat (Faber & Faber); Andrew Michael Hurley, The Loney (John Murray); Tasha Kavanagh, Things We Have in Common (Canongate). The winners in all five categories, also including Biography, Children’s Book and Poetry, will be announced in January.

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