First book prize goes full Pelt
Poetry collection picked by readers for £10,000 prize
Judges of the Guardian First Book Award have whittled down over 94 submissions to choose a "lively and wide-ranging" longlist for the £10,000 prize.
Guardian readers have also selected Sarah Jackson’s elegant poetry collection Pelt as the Reader's Choice book on the 11-strong list.
Novel The Yellow Birds, a psychological account of war by a former soldier will be up against Mary Costello’s short story collection The China Factory, an examination of the turmoil of everyday life. Chad Harbach‘s The Art of Fielding, Kerry Hudson’s Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma and Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat are also hoping to clutch the prize.
Among the non-fiction nominations, there’s Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers about the problems faced by the Annawadi slum community; Susan Cain’s Quiet, an attempt to challenge the common perception of introverts, Faramerz Dabhoiwala's The Origins of Sex; and Lindsey Hilsum’s Sandstorm, which charts Gaddafi’s rule and its subsequent collapse.
Lisa Allardice, chair of the judging panel and editor of the Guardian Review, believes that this year has produced many high quality first books. She said: “We have put together a lively and wide-ranging list to reflect the diversity of first books published this year."
The winner will be revealed on 29 November, and will join previous winners Zadie Smith and Jonathan Safran Foer.
The China Factory by Mary Costello
Absolution by Patrick Flanery
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson
The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The Origins of Sex by Faramerz Dabhoiwala
Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution by Lindsey Hilsum
Pelt by Sarah Jackson