Guardian First Book Award 2013

The Guardian first book award was established in 1999. It is awarded annually to first-time authors writing in English, or translated into English, across all genres.

Guardian First Book Award 2013 Shortlist

Guardian First Book Award 2013 Longlisted

Money The Unauthorised Biography

Money The Unauthorised Biography

Author: Felix Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2013

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 universe evolved from barter. Unfortunately, there is a problem with this story. It's wrong. And not just wrong, but dangerous. Money: the Unauthorised Biography unfolds a panoramic secret history and explains the truth about money: what it is, where it comes from, and how it works.

The Examined Life How We Lose and Find Ourselves

The Examined Life How We Lose and Find Ourselves

Author: Stephen Grosz Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/01/2013

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 practising psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last twenty-five years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour. The Examined Life distils over 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight, without the jargon. This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening and understanding. Its aphoristic and elegant stories teach us a new kind of attentiveness. They also unveil a delicate self-portrait of the analyst at work, and show how lessons learned in the consulting room can reveal as much to him as to the patient. These are stories about our everyday lives: they are about the people we love and the lies that we tell; the changes we bear, and the grief. Ultimately, they show us not only how we lose ourselves but how we might find ourselves too.

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)