Alert! Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award for her debut novel, We Need New Names. The winner of the £10,000 prize will be chosen from five works of fiction, five non-fiction books and a collection of poems, and will be announced in November.
The judges Susie Orbach, Rachel Cusk, Philip Hensher and Paul Mason chose ten of the books while the 11th was chosen by readers, who added the poetry collection, The Shipwrecked House by Claire Trévien.
- The Hive by Gill Hornby
- Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
- Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach
- The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
- 10 Billion by Stephen Emmott
- Sex and the Citadel by Shereen El Feki
- The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz
- Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Felix Martin
- The Society of Timid Souls by Polly Morland
- The Shipwrecked House by Claire Trévien
NoViolet Bulawayo’s visceral, lyrically told story of displacement We Need New Names is pitted against 31 remarkable psychoanalytic case studies in The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz, and Gill Hornby’s comedy with bite The Hive on the longlist of 11 debut titles vying for the 2013 Guardian first book award.
The first book award is unique among literary prizes in judging fiction against non-fiction, and is awarded for “excellence, promise and originality”, said Lisa Allardice, the Guardian Review’s editor and chair of the judges.
- We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
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