Guardian First Book Award


The 2009 shortlist for the Guardian First Book Award was announced today.
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(Granta Books), Eleanor Catton’s debut novel, which was published in July to considerable acclaim, is one of the five shortlisted books. The Rehearsal, the first chapter of which can be read here, has already won a Betty Trask Award. Catton’s short story, ‘Two Tides’, appeared in Granta 106: ‘New Fiction Special’. conducted a video interview with her in July.

The other shortlisted books are The Collected Works of T.S. Spivet (Harvill Secker) by Reif Larsen, The Wilderness (Jonathan Cape) by Samantha Harvey, An Elegy for Easterly (Faber) by Petina Gappah and A Swamp Full of Dollars (IB Tauris) by Michael Peel. Peel’s essay about the oil industry, ‘Paradox of Plenty’, appeared on in March, while Gappah’s ‘An Open Letter to Thabo Mbeki’ was published on the site last year.

Claire Armitstead, the Guardian’s literary editor, is chair of a judging panel that includes Nadeem Aslam, John Gray and Tobias Hill. The author of the winning book receives £10,000.

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