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Guardian First Book Award 2013

Guardian First Book Award 2013

Guardian First Book Award 2013 Shortlist
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The Spinning Heart
Donal Ryan
Winner of the Guardian First Book Award 2013. The Spinning Heart speaks for contemporary Ireland like no other novel. Wry, vulnerable, all-too human, it captures the language and spirit of rural Ireland and with uncanny perception articulates the words and thoughts...
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/06/2013
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We Need New Names
Elizabeth Z. Tshele, NoViolet Bulawayo
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2013. Darling and her friends live in a shanty called Paradise, which of course is no such thing. It isn't all bad, though. There's mischief and adventure, games...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/06/2013
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Reader Reviewed Burial Rites
Hannah Kent
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. September 2013 Debut of the Month. This mesmerising and evocative debut based on a true story about the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2013
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Kiss Me First
Lottie Moggach
One of our Books of the Year 2013. Original, haunting and utterly gripping, Kiss Me First is The Talented Mr Ripley for the online age .... Fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Before I Go To Sleep...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/07/2013
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Sex and the Citadel Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
Shereen El-Feki
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. From pregnant virgins to desperate housewives, from fearless activists to religious firebrands, this book looks at the sexual history of the Arab region, and brings voices to the debate over its future. It...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/03/2013
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Guardian First Book Award 2013 Longlisted
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The Shipwrecked House
Claire Trevien
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. Struck through with brilliant and sometimes sinister imagery reminiscent of Pan's Labyrinth or an Angela Carter novel, The Shipwrecked House is a unique and hallucinatory debut from a poet-to-watch.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/03/2013
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The Society of Timid Souls Or, How to be Brave
Polly Morland
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. An inspiring, revelatory and often moving investigation of courage in all its forms. From frontline to skyscraper, from mountain peak to suburban street, the journey takes in philosophy, literature, propaganda and popular culture,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/04/2013
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Ten Billion
Stephen Emmott
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. A book about our failure: failure as individuals, the failure of business, and the failure of our politicians. It is about an unprecedented planetary emergency. It's about the future of us.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/07/2013
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The Hive
Gill Hornby
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. The Hive is an irresistible, brilliantly observed novel - warm, witty and true. Wickedly funny, it is also a fascinating and subtle story about group politics and female friendship. From the joys and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/05/2013
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Money The Unauthorised Biography
Felix Martin
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. What is money, and how does it work? The conventional answer is that people once used sugar in the West Indies, tobacco in Virginia, and dried cod in Newfoundland, and that today's financial...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/06/2013
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The Examined Life How We Lose and Find Ourselves
Stephen Grosz
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013. We are all storytellers - we make stories to make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/01/2013
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The best and brightest literary debuts

 

Guardian First Book Award 2013

 

Now in its 15th year, the award is unique in judging debut works of fiction alongside those of non-fiction and is the only literary award that rewards first time writers.


Winner annouced

The winner of the Guardian first book award is The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan

 

 

The 5 shortlisted titles were:

 

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Fiction: Chatto & Windus)
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Fiction: Picador)

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach (Fiction: Picador)

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Fiction: Doubleday Ireland)
Sex and the Citadel by Shereen El Feki (Non-fiction: Chatto & Windus)

 

The judging panel is chaired by Lisa Allardice, editor of Guardian Review, who said: "Each year I'm always surprised at how many incredibly accomplished debuts we find among the more than 100 books submitted. With only one non-fiction title, Sex and the Citadel by Shereen el Feki, making it onto the shortlist, this seems to be an especially strong year for fiction, from the story of a brutal murder in 19th-century Iceland to a thriller for the Facebook generation. And among our extremely talented shortlisted authors, Irish novelist Donal Ryan is the only male contender. With such a competitive line up, I'm really looking forward to next week's judging lunch. It could be a long one..."


The winning title was unveiled on 28th November at The Tate Modern in central London.

Previous winners of the prize include White Teeth by Zadie Smith, Mountains of the Mind by Robert Macfarlane, The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, and the 2012 winner Kevin Powers for The Yellow Birds.

 

The Guardian First Book Award 2013 Longlist was as follows:

 

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (Fiction: Chatto & Windus)
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent (Fiction: Picador)
Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach (Fiction: Picador)
The Hive by Gill Hornby (Fiction: Little, Brown)
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (Fiction: Doubleday Ireland)
Sex and the Citadel by Shereen El Feki (Non-fiction: Chatto & Windus)
The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz (Non-fiction: Chatto & Windus)
10 Billion by Stephen Emmott (Non-fiction: Penguin)
Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Felix Martin (Non-fiction: Bodley Head)
The Society of Timid Souls by Polly Morland (Non-fiction: Profile)
The Shipwrecked House by Claire Trévien (Poetry: Penned in the Margins)


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