Monday, November 3, 2008

2008 Guardian First Book Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the Guardian first book award was announced last Friday. The £10,000 prize awards debut authors of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry published in the UK. The Guardian literary editor and chair of judges, Claire Armitstead, commented that the shortlisted titles “are sophisticated books that require a big investment from the reader.” She also remarked on the books’ “generic inventiveness,” which sounds like an oxymoron to me.

Here's the list:
  • The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross (the only American work on the shortlist)
  • Stalin’s Children by Owen Matthews (on my review shelf)
  • God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin
  • A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz (also shortlisted for the Man Booker prize)
  • A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif (see my review here)

The winner will be announced in early December.

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