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Costa shortlist announced

TIme to put the kettle on and enjoy a shortlisted book from the latest Costa Book Awards.

The titles across all their categories have been revealed by the organisers, and the children's books look great.

With subjects as diverse as imaginary friends, kidnap, stand-up comedy and refugees, there will be something in there for everyone.

The category winners will all be announced in January and the Costa Book of the Year will be revealed on February 1.

The awards have been running for 50 years and were previously the Whitbread Book Awards until 2006 when Costa took over the sponsorship.  The aim is to spread reading for enjoyment and the contest is open to writers based in Britain and Ireland.