The Costa shortlist is out, and among those listed are Kamila Shamsie and Sarah Winmanfor the Novel Award, Gail Honeyman for the First Novel Award, and Sarah Crossan for the Children’s Award.

The Books Are My Bag Readers’ Awards were also announced today, with Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt winning the readers’ choice award.

The Spectator has its second round of best books of 2017, chosen by Nicola Sturgeon, Alan Johnson, and others.

iNews rounds up 10 of the best TV tie-in books of 2017 to buy this Christmas.

More great gift ideas: Coach Magazine has a list of the best 2017 sports books.

Excepted on The Pool today is Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere.

Amazon continue their quest for world domination by opening up a pop-up shop in London’s Soho Square, on the made-up pre-Christmas shopping sales day known, for mysterious reasons having to do with people eating turkey thousands of miles away, as Black Friday.

Arguably too little, too late, but better than nothing: 5,000 signed book plates have been released to independent bookshops for Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage.

The Book Trade Charity has unveiled a plan to help new joiners to the publishing industry find accommodation in London amid soaring rental costs.

Transworld is to publish a novel by Charlene Allcott – the first to be published hailing from Penguin Random House’s WriteNow mentoring, a scheme set up to help address the under-representation of certain communities in the book world.

More than 450,000 children will be given books by the Scottish Book Trust as part of Book Week Scotland.

Stuart Evers and Tessa McWatt have been announced as the joint winners of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award.

Ben Okri, Carol Ann Duffy and Frank Cottrell Boyce are among the contributors to Alt-Write, an crowdfunded charity anthology of ‘creative reactions to uncertain times’.

Robert Winston has won the Royal Society young people’s book prize with Home Lab, a collection of scientific experiments that can be carried out at home.

Podcasts

Not to be outdone by Books And Authors, the Guardian Books podcast also features an interview with Jennifer Egan this week, as well as John Harrison.

On A Good Read, comedian Alexei Sayle and novelist Meg Rosoff trade favourite books with Harriett Gilbert.

The Joined Up Writing Podcast features an interview with indie publishing powerhouse Joanna Penn.

Mostly Lit chatted to Nikesh Sukla in their latest episode.

Front Row announced the Costa Prize shortlist.

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