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Bury St Edmunds author Kate Sawyer's debut The Stranding is shortlisted in 2021 Costa Book Awards



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A Bury St Edmunds author's novel has been shortlisted in the 2021 Costa Book Awards.

Kate Sawyer, whose debut The Stranding was published in June, was yesterday named as one of 20 authors shortlisted across five categories.

The Stranding – which is described as an 'immersive end of the world story', where a woman hides from the apocalypse inside a beached whale – is one of four books shortlisted in the first novel category.

Author Kate Sawyer, whose book The Stranding will be published in June. Picture by Mark Westley. (53281770)
Author Kate Sawyer, whose book The Stranding will be published in June. Picture by Mark Westley. (53281770)

How The Stranding – Bury St Edmunds author Kate Sawyer's story of hope after the end of the world – was born

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and recognises some of the most enjoyable books published in the last year across five categories – first novel, novel, biography, poetry and children’s book.

This year’s awards attracted 934 entries, the highest number of entries received in one year to date.

THE STRANDING BY KATE SAYWER IS OUT ON 24TH JUNE (CORONET, £14.99) (53281841)
THE STRANDING BY KATE SAYWER IS OUT ON 24TH JUNE (CORONET, £14.99) (53281841)

Winners in the five categories, who each receive £5,000, will be announced on January 4. The overall winner of the 2021 Costa Book of the Year will receive £30,000 and be announced at a ceremony on February 1.

Jill McDonald, Costa Coffee chief executive, said: “My thanks to the judges for putting together such outstanding lists – there’s so much here for readers to explore, enjoy, recommend and share – and my congratulations to all of this year’s shortlisted authors.”

The 2020 Costa Book of the Year was The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey.