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Guardian First Book Award longlist unveiled

1st September 2011

The longlist for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award has been announced, with six novels, three non-fiction titles and a poetry collection in contention for the GBP 10,000 prize.

Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English is perhaps the most notable inclusion in the list, after being longlisted for the Man Booker Prize last month, while Amy Waldman's The Submission, which examines the repercussions of 9/11, is also longlisted.

Mirza Waheed's The Collaborator, The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock, Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos are the other fiction titles longlisted.

The non-fiction books longlisted include Siddhartha Mukherjee's 'cancer biography' The Emperor of All Maladies, which won the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction earlier this year.

Owen Jones' Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class and Elif Batuman's The Possessed are also in contention, with Rachael Boast's poetry collection, Sidereal, completing the longlist

Lisa Allardice, editor of Guardian Review and chair of the judges, said the longlisted works display 'a very acute awareness' of the world around them.

'What is striking is when first-time writers do engage with the world around them rather than focusing on interiority, bringing not only an ability to write, but something to say,' she added.

A shortlist of around five titles will be announced in late October, with the winner being revealed at the beginning of December. 

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