Guardian first book award

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I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me by Juan Pablo Villalobos review – an eccentric hybrid
Pulpy crime fiction and avant-garde archness combine for an exuberant take on literary life

Houman Barekat

13, May, 2020 @8:00 AM

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Night for Day by Patrick Flanery review – double lives examined
The past haunts the present in a multi-layered narrative centred on the film industry and themes of betrayal

Erica Wagner

30, Aug, 2019 @7:57 AM

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On my radar: Andrew McMillan’s cultural highlights
The poet and winner of the Guardian First Book award on the joys of Liberty of London, Robyn, and this year’s most arresting voices

Andrew McMillan

19, Aug, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Dylan Thomas award goes to Max Porter's 'extraordinary feat'
Grief Is the Thing With Feathers – a book about bereavement ‘like nothing else’ – takes £30,000 award

Alison Flood

14, May, 2016 @3:00 PM

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Guardian first book award: all the winners
Here is the complete list of winners and shortlisted authors in the prize’s history, from 1999 to 2015

07, Apr, 2016 @2:59 PM

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Saying goodbye to the Guardian first book award
After 17 years of hunting the best new writing, of terrific winners and terrific rows, we’re saying goodbye to the prize. It will leave lots of great memories – please share yours

Claire Armitstead

07, Apr, 2016 @2:58 PM

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Guardian first book award 2015 goes to poet Andrew McMillan
McMillan becomes the first poet to win the £10,000 prize with Physical, a ‘breathtaking’ collection that explores modern male anxiety in settings from the gym to northern industrial towns

Richard Lea

25, Nov, 2015 @7:30 PM

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Guardian first book award shortlist 2015
American coasts and suburbias, sibling rivalry in Nigeria, sculpting muscular poetry, Putin as Simon Cowell, a father, a son and a crow ... Extracts and introductions from all the shortlisted authors

Diane Cook, Chigozie Obioma, Peter Pomerantsev, Max Porter, Andrew McMillan and Sara Taylor

13, Nov, 2015 @7:00 AM

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A long way to the shortlist: choosing the Guardian first book award finalists
Reading through the enormous variety of debuts – from biography to memoir to poetry and fiction and beyond – has been a tough but exciting challenge

Catherine Taylor

12, Nov, 2015 @5:40 PM

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Poet makes Guardian first book award shortlist with 'hymns to the male body'
Only the second time poetry has reached the shortlist, Andrew McMillan’s Physical lines up with novels, short stories and Russia reportage for 2015 prize

Alison Flood

12, Nov, 2015 @1:20 PM

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Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume review – a deft and moving debut
One man and his dog embark on a road trip in this haunted tale of isolation and belonging, longlisted for the Guardian first book award

Sinéad Gleeson

09, Oct, 2015 @8:00 AM

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Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter review – a lyrical study of loss
Inspired by Ted Hughes’s Crow, this remarkable debut is a slippery, beguiling thing, recently longlisted for the Guardian first book award

Lucy Scholes

13, Sep, 2015 @6:30 AM

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