Congratulations to all the authors and publishers celebrated. View the full shortlist.
Judge Jessie Burton says, ‘what we wanted was a novel that a reader would want to read and immerse themselves in, even if it was challenging material, like facing the reality of the world heating up. And I think Jessie’s book makes it all uneasily plausible, because she does it very subtly. She’s a brilliant writer, and that’s what elevated it out of just writerly concern for the planet’.
Read the full Guardian article about how this year’s shortlist highlights climate anxiety.
Read an interview with Jessie about facing her fears in The High House.
The category winners will be announced on Tuesday 4th January 2022 and the Costa Book of the Year announced on Tuesday 1st February 2022.