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Costa Book of the Year panel unveiled

12th December 2011

The judges of the 2011 Costa Book of the Year have been unveiled, with Geordie Greig, editor of the London Evening Standard, set to chair the panel.

Greig will sit alongside comedian Hugh Dennis, actress Dervla Kirwan and broadcaster Mary Nightingale, who will collectively be responsible for selecting the winning title from five category winners.

The winners of the five categories will be determined by a panel of three judges, with established writers sitting on each panel; Jojo Moyes for the first novel award, Patrick Gale for best novel and Flora Fraser for the biography prize.

Eleanor Updale is one of the children's book of the year judges and William Fiennes sits on the poetry prize panel, with each of the category winners being announced on January 4th.

It will then be up to Greig and the rest of the final judging panel to whittle the shortlist of five down to the Costa Book of the Year, which will be announced on January 24th.

Costa managing director John Derkach said the prize, which was known as the Whitbread Book Awards until 2005, celebrates 'excellent books that can be enjoyed by everyone'.

He added: 'Costa is delighted to have a final judging panel of such distinguished personalities, all of whom share a passion for great writing and a good read, to undertake the task of selecting the 2011 Costa Book of the Year.'

Each category winner will receive a prize of GBP 5,000, with the author of the overall Costa Book of the Year presented with a cheque for GBP 30,000.

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