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Guardian First Book Award 2013 Shortlist Announced

15th Nov 2013

ShereenElFeki
Is there anything more encouraging than a literary prize shortlist that is dominated by an ethnically diverse selection of women writers?

Today saw the announcement of the Guardian First Book Award 2013, presenting exactly that kind of line-up.

the début writers serve to exemplify the rich breadth of writing currently being exhibited by women writers Boasting Egyptian-Welsh, Zimbabwean, Australian and British heritage, the debut writers serve to exemplify the rich breadth of writing currently being exhibited by women writers.

NoViolet Bulawayos We Need New Names has already garnered the coveted Booker shortlist badge for her re-imagining of the American Dream tale.

She is joined by Adelaide-raised Hannah Kent, whose story was born of the haunting history of a remote Icelandic town in which she spent a year; Lottie Moggach and her fictional exploration of the perils of Facebook; and Shereen El Feki, whose Sex and the Citadel is the only non-fiction entry to reach the final stages.

Donal Ryan completes the five-strong shortlist. The panel’s chair, Lisa Allardice said she “hope[d] the list would introduce many more readers to these vibrant, original talents.”

The full list is as follows:

We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo

Kiss Me First – Lottie Moggach

Burial Rites – Hannah Dent

Sex and the Citadel – Shereen El Feki

The Spinning Heart – Donal Ryan

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