Past Costa First Novel winners have included Zadie Smith, Tash Aw and DBC Pierre.
The overall winner of the 2013 Costa Book of the Year Award is announced on the 28th of January.
In some sad news we learned today that Ned Vizzini, co-author of our wonderful House of Secrets series, died last Thursday 19th Dec at the age of 32.
Ned started writing stories professionally as a teenager and he published his first book in 2000, when he was 19. His breakthrough novel was, It’s Kind of a Funny Story
was adapted in to a film in 2010 and starred Zack Galifianakis. He co-wrote the new House of Secrets
series with Chris Columbus and 2nd book, House of Secrets: Battle of the Beasts
comes out in April 2014. Read more.
We're very excited and proud that our fabulous author Jackie French
has been named Australian Children's Laureate for 2014-2015! The Laureate programme is an initiative of the Australian Children's Literature Alliance (ACLA) and its aim is to promote literacy, Australian children's literature and a love of reading both in Australia and internationally.