Guardian First Book Award 2013 Shortlist Announced
15th Nov 2013
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.
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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