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Costa Book Prize shortlist, Rian Johnson on Knives Out, art theft

We announce the 2019 Costa Book Prize shortlist and director Rian Johnson discusses his gothic whodunnit Knives Out

We exclusively reveal and analyse the 2019 Costa Book Prize shortlist. Critics Alex Clark and Sarah Shaffi discuss the books chosen in the five categories: novel, first novel, poetry, biography and children's fiction. Category winners will appear on the programme in January and Front Row will announce the overall prize-winner on 28 January 2020
Rian Johnson is the director of new film Knives Out - a murder comedy with an all-star cast. His previous work includes Star Wars: The Last Jedi and sci-fi film Looper. He tells us how he copes with a Gothic whodunnit set in the real world in the present day?
Is art theft on the rise? There seem to have been a spate of high profile thefts from art galleries recently - Dresden, Dulwich, Tretyakov, even the solid gold toilet at Blenheim Palace. How can institutions make their collections accessible to the public whilst also keeping the priceless works of art secure? We ask art security expert Charley Hill
Presenter: Kirsty Lang. Producer: Oliver Jones

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The Costa Book Awards 2019

Costa Book Awards is announcing the shortlists for the First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book categories on 26 November 2019.

The category winners are awarded on 06 January 2020, and the Costa Book of the Year is announced on 28 January 2020.

Rian Johnson

Rian Johnson

Knives Out by Rian Johnson is in UK cinemas from 27 November 2019, certificate 12A.

Images:

Main image above: Jamie Lee Curtis (Centre Left), Christopher Plummer (Centre), and Don Johnson (Centre Right) in Knives Out.

Image to the left: the Knives Out all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell

Images credit: Lionsgate

Art Theft

Art Theft

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London re-opens on 28 November, 2019

Image: Dulwich Picture Gallery

 

Edna O'Brien

Edna O'Brien

Edna O'Brien has won the David Cohen Award, which recognises a living writer from the UK or Ireland for a lifetime's achievement in literature.

 

Image: Edna O'Brien (Left) with Kirsty Lang.

 

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