WIN ...the 20 Shortlisted Books in the Costa Book Awards; Books

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WIN ...the 20 Shortlisted Books in the Costa Book Awards; Books


THERE'S nothing quite like putting your feet up with a great book and a cup of coffee.

That's why we've teamed up with Costa, the UK's fastest-growing coffee shop chain, to offer one lucky reader a complete set of the 20 books shortlisted for the 2007 Costa Book Awards and a Costa coffee card with pounds 20 of credit to spend at any UK Costa out let.

There will also be two Costa coffee cards withpounds 25 credit to two runners-up.

The Costa Book Awards have the single aim of celebrating the most enjoyable books of the past year by writers based in the UK and Ireland and have five categories: novel, first novel, biography, poetry and children's book.

The winners in each category will be announce don January 3, these then go through to compete for the prestigious Costa Book of the Year 2007, to be announced on January 22

Authors shortlisted for the 2007 Costa Book Awards include Simon Sebag Monte fiore for Young Stalin, Catherine O'Flynn for What Was Lost and Meg Rosoff for What I Was.

For your chance to add some of this year's most enjoyable books to your bookshelf, simply write in to tell us - in no more than 100 words - about the last book you read and what you thought of it.

Send your entries to: Costa Competition, Books Page, Coventry Telegraph, Corporation Street, Coventry CV1 1FP. Entries must reach us by noon on Monday, December 17. The winner and runners-up will be decided by judges, whosedecision is final.

For more information on this year's award go towww.costabookawards.com and look out on January 22 to find out this year's Costa Book of the Year.

COMEDY

Silent Comedy by Paul Merton (Random House, pounds 25, hardback).

PAUL MERTON has never ranked so highly in my eyes.

He was always just the very clever, slightly superior one from Have I Got News For You, but now that I know he has a real passion for the comic greats of the past, that has all changed.

In the school holidays they always used to show great silent movies from the likes of Laurel and Hardy and Buster Keaton, and every night for a long while there was a Harold Lloyd show when you could watch the hapless hero dangle from the hands of a clock or risk life and limb on a skyscraper under construction.

Well this book brings them back in loving detail.

Merton has a real passion for silent comedy and it shines through in this fantastic book.

The early days of Hollywood comedy and the comic geniuses who dominated it are revealed in loving detail and his enthusiasm is infectious.

I have spent years trying in vain to convince the kids how great Laurel and Hardy are and how they did everything first when it comes to comedy - Del Boy's fall through the bar and the Vicar of Dibley disappearing in a puddle - now I have someone to back me up. …

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