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Guardian First Book Award longlist 2013

The awards nominations are coming thick and fast right now, and this time it’s the Guardian First Book Award longlist. The submissions (strictly first-time books, but any genre) are whittled down to the shortlist by a panel of judges: Susie Orbach, Rachel Cusk, Philip Hensher and Paul Mason and chaired by Guardian Review editor Lisa Allardice, and made up of store-based reading groups in Waterstones. The winner will be announced in November, receiving a prize of £10,000. Continue reading

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Meet the Waterstones 11

Waterstones 11Each year, Waterstones pick their most promising fiction debuts of the next 12 months. The Waterstones 11 began in 2011, and has already accurately predicted success for the likes of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (longlisted for the Man Booker prize last year), and The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht (winner of the 2011 Orange Prize for Fiction, and one of my favourite reads of 2011). Announced in the Piccadilly branch on the 14th January, Managing Director James Daunt explained that “The Waterstones Eleven puts new writing at the forefront of the literary calendar and has quickly become a celebration our readers trust.”

But who have they picked this time? Continue reading

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