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Book awards: Guardian First Book Award

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Works (18)

High Tide: The Truth About Our Climate Crisis by Mark Lynasshortlisted
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda by Philip Gourevitch1999
White Teeth by Zadie Smith2000
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware2001
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer2002
Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination by Robert Macfarlane2003
Mutants: On Genetic Variety and the Human Body by Armand Marie Leroi2004
Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters2005
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers: Stories by Yiyun Li2006
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu2007
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross2008
An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah2009
Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper by Alexandra Harris2010
The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee2011
The Yellow Birds: A Novel by Kevin Powers2012
The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan2013
Young Skins: Stories by Colin Barrett2014
Physical by Andrew McMillannot in English Common Knowledge2015

Award description

Guardian First Book Award issued before 1999 as Guardian Fiction Prize or Guardian Fiction Award
is awarded to new writing in fiction and non-fiction.

Established in 1965 as the Guardian Fiction Award by The Guardian newspaper, the prize is worth £10,000 to the winner. In 1965 the prize money was 200 guineas (£210) and was awarded to a work of fiction by British or Commonwealth writer and published in the UK. The shortlist is announced in November each year and the winner in December. The selection is made by a panel of critics and writers, chaired by the literary editor of the Guardian. This is the oldest and best-established of the awards sponsored by a newspaper. Sponsorship of a literary prize by one newspaper has a somewhat negative effect on publicity since other newspapers are less willing to publicize the winner. In 1999 the nature and title of the prize was altered to Guardian First Book Award, being no longer restricted to fiction. It is rewarded to the best new literary talent, whether working in the field of fiction or non-fiction and across all genres.


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