Costa First Novel Award Winner: The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
What it’s about: The Shock of the Fall tells the story of Matthew and Simon, two brothers who are separated yet united by a tragic accident. Exploring themes of loss, grief and mental illness, this extraordinary novel transports the reader directly into the mind of Matthew and his slow descent into madness as he confronts his role in the boyhood death of his older brother ten years ago.
What the judges said: “It’s hard to believe this is a first novel – it’s so good it will make you feel a better person.”
Costa Novel Award Winner: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
What it’s about: Life After Life…During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact, an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
What the judges said: “Astonishing – this book does everything you could ask for in a work of fiction and so much more.”