Guardian First Book Prize

A debut novel by Kerry Hudson (Chatto) has been listed for a second prize nomination in just a week. As well as being shortlisted for the Green Carnation Prize, it is also nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. The title is Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Before He Stole My Ma – here’s the link to the catalogue. Other nominees are The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (Sceptre), The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (Fourth Estate), Sandstorm by Lindsey Hilsum (Faber) and Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo (Portobello).

There is a prize of £10,000 and the judging panel is chaired by the  Guardian‘s Lisa Allardice in collaboration with five Waterstones reading groups. Allardice said: “The books on this year’s shortlist, fiction and non-fiction, range across the globe and confront some of the most urgent issues of recent years: from the slums of Mumbai to Aberdeen’s sink estates; to the frontline in Iraq and the Libyan revolution—not forgetting an already hit novel about American college baseball.                     

 “They are all impressive and strikingly original achievements. The judging lunch promises to be long and lively.”

The results will be announced on 29th November — previous winners of the prize include Zadie Smith and Jonathan Safran Foer