UA Clients on the Costa Awards Shortlists

Costas 2020

We're thrilled to announce that two UA clients have been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards! The Costas are one of the UK's most prestigious and popular book prizes and have been celebrating great books since 1971. Every year, 20 books are shortlisted accross five categories - Novel, First Novel, Children's Book Biography and Poetry - and one of the five winners goes on to also be named the Costa Book of the Year.

Two UA clients have their work shortlisted this year. Julian Barnes's fresh and original portrait of the Belle Epoque, THE MAN IN THE RED COAT, is nominated in the Biography category, and Tim Finch's unforgettable story of love and war, PEACE TALKS, is nominatd in the Novel category. The winners will be announced on Monday Jan 4th - in the meantime, these are two of our top recommendations for Christmas presents this year. Many congratulations to the shortlisted authors!

THE MAN IN THE RED COAT

In the summer of 1885, three Frenchmen arrived in London for a few days’ shopping. One was a Prince, one was a Count, and the third was a commoner with an Italian name, who four years earlier had been the subject of one of John Singer Sargent’s greatest portraits. The commoner was Samuel Pozzi, society doctor, pioneer gynaecologist and free-thinker – a rational and scientific man with a famously complicated private life.

Pozzi's life played out against the backdrop of the Parisian Belle Epoque. The beautiful age of glamour and pleasure more often showed its ugly side: hysterical, narcissistic, decadent and violent, a time of rampant prejudice and blood-and-soil nativism, with more parallels to our own age than we might imagine.

The Man in the Red Coat is at once a fresh and original portrait of the Belle Epoque – its heroes and villains, its writers, artists and thinkers – and a life of a man ahead of his time. Witty, surprising and deeply researched, the new book from Julian Barnes illuminates the fruitful and longstanding exchange of ideas between Britain and France, and makes a compelling case for keeping that exchange alive.

‘An absolute tonic for grey winter days’ Evening Standard

PEACE TALKS

Edvard Behrens is a senior diplomat of some repute, highly regarded for his work on international peace negotiations. Under his arbitration, unimaginable atrocities are coolly dissected; invisible and ancient lines, grown taut and frayed with conflict, redrawn.

In his latest post, Edvard has been sent a nondescript resort hotel in the Tyrol. High up on this mountain, the air is bright and clear. When he isn't working, Edvard reads, walks, listens to music. He confides in no one - no one but his wife Anna. Anna, who he loves with all his heart; Anna, always present and yet forever absent.

Honest, honourable, tragic, witty, wise, an unforgettable novel of love, loss, and the human longing for peace, Peace Talks maps the darkest and most tender territories of the human heart.

'There are war stories and there are love stories, but we only occasionally get war stories and love stories braided together. Tim Finch has written a wonderful novel, tiny and epic both. Laced with humour and sadness, this is an intimate account of what it means to make peace, both with others and with oneself' Colum McCann

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