The contenders for best novel in 2008 are :
Sebastian Barry - The Secret Scriptureand the 2008 Costa first novel award shortlist :
Chris Cleave - The Other Hand
Louis de Bernières - A Partisan's Daughter
Patrick McGrath - Trauma
Poppy Adams - The Behaviour of MothsThere are also shortlists for biography, poetry and children's fiction which you can find on the website, along with information about each title. and the authors.
Sadie Jones's - The Outcast
Tom Rob Smith - Child 44
Jennie Rooney's - Inside the Whale
Sebastian Barry seems to be the favourite for the fiction prize, which is understandable, given that he also reached the shortlist for the Booker. Tom Rob Smith's Child 44 was of course longlisted for the same prize.
The winners will be announced 6th January 2009.