Fiona McFarlane’s The Night Guest has made it on to the shortlist of 5 for the Guardian First Book Award. (Matthew Thomas’ We Are Not Ourselves, which we reviewed here, missed out). No, we aren’t Fiona McFarlane’s agents – it’s just a very good book. You can read Fiona’s own comments about the book here, for a much-needed balance to the peculiar Sydney Morning Herald piece we linked to in our Barbara Jefferis post.
The other books are:
Colin Barrett: Young Skins (short stories)
Henry Marsh: Do No Harm ( a neurosurgeon’s life)
Evan Osmos: Age of Ambition (reportage about China)
May-Lan Tan: Things to make and break (short stories)
The winner will be announced on November 26th. Any bets?