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NoViolet Bulawayo Longlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award

We Need New NamesAlert! 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.

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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.

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  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    August 28th, 2013 @09:40 #

    ...and she's here in SA at the moment; don't miss her in Joburg (4 Sep, 6pm at Love Books) and Cape Town (Open Book Festival). Good luck, Noviolet!


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