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2019 Costa Book Awards – Book of the Year

costa book awards winners 2019

The Costa Book Awards have been running since 1971. They are one of the biggest and most significant book awards in the UK. Awards are given to writers in the UK and Ireland in five different categories. Previous winners have included Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman in 2017, Bring up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel in 2012, and Just Henry by Michelle Magorian in 2008. Check out books by Costa Book Awards winners here!

Once the category winners are announced, (see list below) the judges then decide on one book out of the five to be awarded the prestigious Costa Book of the Year. This year, the award goes to…

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Back to School Reading List for Kids

back to school reading list

The autumn term has finally arrived and all the kids big and small are settling into their new school year. Whether you’ve got a herd of teens heading off to college and university or a tiny tot learning the ropes in their nursery, books are an amazing way to keep them afloat. Our back to school reading list is here to help. At World of Books, we believe that reading is the best activity to fill up the hours, escape or connect, and learn. Whatever your children are into, we’ve got just the book!

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Fantasy Lands Inspired by the Real World

Fantasy books are one of our favourite ways to escape our own reality. Delving into a magical kingdom, a mystery world, or an alternative universe can provide us with adventures never before anticipated from our blue and green rock. But what if we told you that many of your favourite fantasy lands are based on real-life – and visitable – places? Continue Reading

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A note on performance poetry

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Poetry for the Stage and the Page

You don’t need to wander lonely as a cloud to express your feelings and opinions, or compare your love to a summer’s day to be a poet. Poets of the 21st century are popularising performance poetry once again. Spoken word has become a genre of its own. Open mic poetry nights are popping up everywhere from urban main streets to small country towns. Continue Reading