Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award longlist announced

We are delighted to announce the longlist for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2014. The 12 books were selected from a record number of more than 60 submissions by a panel of Club members after intense and wide-ranging debate.

  • The Trader of Saigon by Lucy Cruickshanks (Heron)
  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence (Hodder)
  • The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer (HarperCollins)
  • The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland (HarperCollins)
  • Vauxhall by Gabriel Gbadamosi (Telegram)
  • Hunters in the Snow by Daisy Hildyard (Cape)
  • Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman (Serpent’s Tail)
  • The Fields by Kevin Maher (Little, Brown)
  • A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride (Galley Beggar)
  • The Banner of the Passing Clouds by Anthea Nicholson (Granta)
  • The Rice Paper Diaries by Francesca Rhydderch (Seren)
  • The Tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones by Jack Wolf (Chatto)

The shortlist will be made public on Friday 25 April, and the winner will be announced – and the £2,500 prize awarded – by this year’s guest adjudicator, the novelist Isabel Wolff, at a reception on Tuesday 3 June at the National Liberal Club in London.

Read the Chair of Judges Suzi Feay’s blog:

About the Prize

The Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award was inaugurated in 1954 and past winners have included Brian Moore, Alan Sillitoe, Paul Bailey, Gilbert Adair, Naseem Aslam, Diran Adebayo, Jackie Kay, Susan Fletcher, Nicola Monaghan, Laura Beatty, Anthony Quinn, Jonathan Kemp, Kevin Barry, and most recently Ros Barber and I.J. Kay

The prize is administrated by the club, and members form an important part of the judging process right up to the shortlist, assisted by a formal panel also composed of club members. Once the shortlist has been drawn up an independent adjudicator is called in, and selecting the winning title is solely their responsibility. Recent adjudicators have included Joanne Harris, Amanda Craig, Philip Hensher and DJ Taylor.


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