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Another accolade for Hilary McKay

January 10, 2019

We’re delighted to announce that Hilary McKay has won the Costa Children’s Book Award (in the UK and Ireland) for the second time, this time for The Skylarks’ War, a story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the backdrop of World War One which the judges called “as perfect a novel as you could ever want to read”.

“The Costa Book Awards are all about recognising and celebrating some of the hugely enjoyable books out there,” commented Dominic Paul, Managing Director of Costa. “This year’s stellar collection of award-winning books highlight the exceptional talent of authors writing in the UK and Ireland today.  Many congratulations to each of this year’s Costa Award winners.”

The Skylarks’ War is a book like no other: A snapshot of the early 20th century as the First World War approaches and a coming of age novel as we follow these three children through their idyllic summers and the harsh realities of conflict, absence, war and death. This is a classic in the making and one which will be read by children and adults alike for many decades to come.

Congratulations Hilary!


The Skylarks' War

The Skylarks' War

Hilary McKay

WINNER OF THE COSTA CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD 2018Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free...