Monday, September 1, 2008

The Guardian First Book Award 2008

It will time to look at the Booker Prize shortlist in a few days, but in the meantime here's The Guardian First Book Award's longlist. Interesting entries in violet, as usual.

Fiction and poetry:
  • A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammad Hanif (Pakistan): want to read
  • A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz (Australia): already on the Booker longlist
  • Say you’re one of them by Uwem Akpan (Nigeria): Each of the five stories is set in a different African country and told from the perspective of a child, each living upon a fault line caused by religious tension, secessionism or civil war
  • The Outcast by Sadie Jones (UK)
  • God’s Own Country by Ross Raisin (UK)
  • Sunday at the Skin Laundrette by Kathryn Simmonds (UK): poetry


  • The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross (USA): musical history
  • Stalin’s Children by Owen Matthews (UK): memoir of his parents’ cold war love affair in Russia
  • Me Cheeta: The Autobiography by Cheeta (?): no, I’m not kidding
  • Empires of the Hindus by Alice Albinia (UK): very interesting travel book on Pakistan and the surrounding area

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