- Guardian First Book Award
Guardian First Book Award issued before 1999 as Guardian Fiction Prize or Guardian Fiction Award is awarded to new writing in
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. [cite web|url=http://www.unca.edu/~moseley/guardian.html|title=The Guardian Fiction Award]
=Judging=The process begins with book reviewers from "the Guardian" recommending a certain number of first books they think worthy of the prize. The books with the most nominations make up the longlist. Then, through adverts placed in "the Guardian" newspaper, reading groups consisting of members of the general public are assembled. There are eight of these groups, each one comprising eight people, and they meet at various
Waterstone'sbookshops throughout the UK. After roughly eight weekly meetings in which they discuss the books on the longlist, each group puts forward a list of their five favourite books. The results are collated to produce a list of the five overall favourite books, which is the shortlist. A panel of celebrity judges then decides the winner.
Guardian Fiction Prize winners
Clive Barry, "Crumb Borne"
Archie Hind, "The Dear Green Place"
Eva Figes, "Winter Journey"
P. J. Kavanagh, "A Song and a Dance"
Maurice Leitch, "Poor Lazarus"
Margaret Blount, "When Did You Last See your Father?"
Thomas Kilroy, "The Big Chapel"
John Berger, "G"
Peter Redgrove, "In the Country of the Skin"
Beryl Bainbridge, "The Bottle Factory Outing"
Sylvia Clayton, "Friends and Romans"
Robert Nye, "Falstaff"
Michael Moorcock, "The Condition of Muzak"
Neil Jordan, "Night in Tunisia"
Dambudzo Marechera, " The House of Hunger"
J. L. Carr, " A Month in the Country"
John Banville, "Kepler"
Glyn Hughes, "Where I Used to Play on the Green"
Graham Swift, "Waterland"
J. G. Ballard, " Empire of the Sun"
Peter Ackroyd, "Hawksmoor"
Jim Crace, "Continent"
Peter Benson, "The Levels"
Lucy Ellmann, "Sweet Desserts"
Carol Lake, "Rosehill: Portrait from a Midlands City"
Pauline Melville, "Shape-Shifter"
Alan Judd, "The Devil's Own Work"
Alasdair Gray, " Poor Things"
Pat Barker, " The Eye in the Door"
Candia McWilliam, " Debatable Land"
James Buchan, "Heart's Journey in Winter"
Seamus Deane, " Reading in the Dark"
Anne Michaels, " Fugitive Pieces"
Jackie Kay, "Trumpet"
Guardian First Book Award winners and shortlisted books
Philip Gourevitch, " We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families"
Zadie Smith, " White Teeth"
Chris Ware, " Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth", graphic novel
Miranda Carter, "Anthony Blunt: His Lives" biography
David Edmondsand John Eidinow, "Wittgenstein's Poker", non-fiction
Glen David Gold, " Carter Beats The Devil", fiction
Rachel Seiffert, "The Dark Room", fiction
Jonathan Safran Foer, " Everything Is Illuminated"
Alexandra Fuller, "Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight"
Hari Kunzru, "The Impressionist"
**Oliver Morton, "Mapping Mars"
Sandra Newman, "The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done"
Robert Macfarlane, "Mountains of the Mind"
Monica Ali,"Brick Lane"
DBC Pierre, " Vernon God Little"
Paul Broks, "Into the Silent Land"
Anna Funder, "Stasiland"
Armand Marie Leroi, "Mutants: On the Form, Varieties and Errors of Human Body"
Matthew Hollis, "Ground Water" (Bloodaxe)
David Bezmozgis" Natasha and Other Stories" (Cape)
Susanna Clarke, " Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell" (Bloomsbury)
Rory Stewart" The Places in Between", by (Picador)
Alexander Masters, ""
Reza Aslan, " No god but God"
Richard Benson, "The Farm"
Suketu Mehta, ""
Rattawut Lapcharoensap, "Sightseeing"
Yiyun Li, "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers"
Lorraine Adams, "Harbor"
Clare Allan, "Poppy Shakespeare"
Hisham Matar, " In the Country of Men"
Carrie Tiffany, "Everyman's Rules for Scientific Living"
Dinaw Mengestu, "Children of the Revolution"
Tahmima Anam, " A Golden Age"
Rajiv Chandrasekaran, " Imperial Life in the Emerald City"
Rosemary Hill, "God's Architect"
Catherine O'Flynn, " What Was Lost"
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk Guardian Books frontpage]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/firstbook2001/0,,506971,00.html Guardian first book award 2001]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/firstbook2002/0,,779641,00.html Guardian first book award 2002]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/firstbook2003/0,,1021848,00.html Guardian first book award 2003]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/guardianfirstbookaward2004/0,15009,1289898,00.html Guardian first book award 2004]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/fba2005/0,,1542467,00.html Guardian first book award 2005]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/fba2006/0,,1855769,00.html Guardian first book award 2006]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/fba2007/story/0,,2203095,00.html Guardian first book award 2007]
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