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Guardian First Book Award shortlist

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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?

Matthew Thomas: We are not ourselves*


This is the story we like to hear: a modest, hard-working writer who takes ten years to write his first novel, and hits the big time with it. The book earned a million-dollar advance and has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

Warning: spoilers all the way. Don’t read this if you don’t want to know what happens in this book! Continue reading Matthew Thomas: We are not ourselves*

Guardian First Book Award

Fiona McFarlane’s unforgettable The Night Guest has been longlisted among 6 works of fiction and  5 of non-fiction for The Guardian First Book Award 2014. Among the others Gert will be looking out for are the novel We are not ourselves, by Matthew Thomas, and the non-fiction works The Iceberg by Marian Coutts and Do no harm by neurosurgeon Henry Marsh.

The full list is here: