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Guardian First Book Award shortlist is unveiled

14th November 2011

The shortlist for the 2011 Guardian First Book Award has been revealed, with five titles in contention for the GBP 10,000 prize.

Stephen Kelman's Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Pigeon English and Siddhartha Mukherjee's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies are both in contention, alongside Amy Waldman's critically acclaimed The Submission.

Mirza Waheed's The Collaborator and Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos are the two other titles shortlisted for the 2011 award, which chair of judges and Guardian Review editor Lisa Allardice described as one of the most competitive ever.

'All of these novels are engaging with wider issues outside of the writers' own experiences, which is impressive in a debut,' she commented.

Fellow judge David Nicholls, author of 2011's bestselling book, One Day, said each title could accurately be described as 'ambitious, informative and hugely entertaining' and said it is hard to believe they are all debut works.

The winner of the award, who will follow in the footsteps of 2010 recipient Alexandra Harris, will be announced next month.

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