The Costa Book Awards have announced their 2016 shortlists; in the four-book biography section is Libyan author Hisham Matar’s The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between:
The shortlists — which come in five sections of four books each — made waves for being “female dominated,” by shortlisting a somewhat larger proportion of women (14, to six men). The Telegraph somehow ascribed this to “the internet.”
The full Biography shortlist:
Keggie Carew for Dadland: A Journey into Uncharted Territory (Chatto & Windus)
John Guy for Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years (Viking)
Hisham Matar for The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between (Viking)
Sylvia Patterson for I’m Not with the Band: A Writer’s Life Lost in Music (Sphere)
This year’s winners will be announced on January 3, 2017.
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