Congratulations to #GuardianFirstBookAward winner @ColinBarrett82

Young skinsYoung skins by Colin Barrett has won the £10,000 prize for the Guardian First Book award.

The author was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. He worked for a mobile phone company in Dublin before going back to college to study creative writing.

From 2009, he’s had stories published in the Irish literary journal The Stinging Fly and subsequently signed to the publisher Jonathan Cape.

This collection of stories takes us to Glanbeigh, a small town in rural Ireland – a town in which the youth have the run of the place. Boy racers speed down the back lanes; couples haunt the midnight woods; young skins huddle in the cold once The Peacock has closed its doors. Here the young live hard and wear the scars. It matters whose sister you were seen with. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time, it matters a very great deal

 The shortlist was:

Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos

As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic and cultural upheaval. In this text, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country – the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control

Do No Harm by Henry MarshAbout being a brain surgeon!

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Ruth is widowed, her sons are grown, and she lives in an isolated beach house outside of town. One day a stranger arrives at her door, looking as if she has been blown in from the sea. She claims to be a care-worker and Ruth lets her in. But who exactly is she letting in?

Things to Make and Break by May-Lan Tan