The Making of Poetry by Adam Nicolson shortlisted for the 2019 Costa Biography Award

Launched in 1971, the Costa Book Awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular book prizes and celebrates the most enjoyable books of the year by writers resident in the UK and Ireland.

The 2019 shortlist was revealed on 26th November, and THE MAKING OF POETRY by Adam Nicolson is one of the books shortlisted in the Biography category. The judges for the 2019 Costa Biography Award are Professor Suzannah Lipscomb, James Marriott and Will Rycroft.

Held annually, the awards welcome a wide range of books to be considered in five categories; First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book. From the winners in each of these five categories, one is selected as overall Costa Book of the Year.

The full shortlist is available here.

Brimming with poetry, nature and stunning woodcut illustrations by Tom Hammick, THE MAKING OF POETRY is a unique account of the year that Coleridge and Wordsworth spent together in the Quantock Hills producing poems that were to become some of the most famous in the English language. It was published by William Collins in May 2019.