Neil Diamond; Costa Shortlists

With John Wilson.

Front Row reveals the shortlists for this year's Costa Book Awards. Gaby Wood of the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian's Alex Clark join John to discuss the nominations for the best first novel, novel, biography, poetry and children's book.

The morning after appearing on The Royal Variety Performance, American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond talks to John about his five decades in music.

Relationships, mental illness and a dance competition all come together in the film Silver Linings Playbook - starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. After losing everything, and spending 8 months institutionalised, Pat Solitano (Cooper) returns to his family home with the goal of remaining positive and being reunited with his wife. Antonia Quirke reviews.

Producer Rebecca Nicholson.

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Novel Award shortlist

Hilary Mantel for Bring up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)

Stephen May for Life! Death! Prizes! (Bloomsbury)

James Meek for The Heart Broke In (Canongate)

Joff Winterhart for Days of the Bagnold Summer (Jonathan Cape)

First Novel Award shortlist

JW Ironmonger for The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder (Weidenfeld and Nicolson)

Jess Richards for Snake Ropes (Sceptre)

Francesca Segal for The Innocents (Chatto and Windus)

Benjamin Wood for The Bellwether Revivals (Simon and Schuster)

Biography Award shortlist

Artemis Cooper for Patrick Leigh-Fermor: An Adventure (John Murray)

Selina Guinness for The Crocodile by the Door: The Story of a House, a Farm and a Family (Penguin Ireland)

Kate Hubbard for Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household (Chatto and Windus)

Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot for Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes (Jonathan Cape)

Poetry Award shortlist

Sean Borodale for Bee Journal (Jonathan Cape)

Julia Copus for The World’s Two Smallest Humans (Faber and Faber) <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Selima Hill for People Who Like Meatballs (Bloodaxe Books)

Kathleen Jamie for The Overhaul (Picador)

Children’s Book Award shortlist

Sally Gardner for Maggot Moon (Hot Key Books)

Diana Hendry for The Seeing (The Bodley Head)

Hayley Long for What’s Up with Jody Barton? (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Dave Shelton for A Boy and a Bear in a Boat (David Fickling Books)


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