Shortlist Released for the Guardian First Book Award

The editors at the Guardian have announced the shortlist for their First Book Award. The six shortlist includes three novels, a short story collection, a nonfiction book, and even a book of poetry. This marks just the second time in the prize’s history that a poetry book has reached the shortlist.

Notable works on the shortlist include Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen and Max Porter’s Grief is the Thing With Feathers, both of which have already received plenty of accolades. The aforementioned poetry collection is Physical by Andrew McMillan, which focuses on the male body. Check out the full shortlist below!

As the name suggests, the Guardian First Book Award is given for outstanding authorial debuts. One of these six shortlisted books will be announced as the winner on November 25th.


The complete shortlist:

Man v Nature by Diane Cook


Physical by Andrew McMillan


The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma


Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev


Grief Is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter


The Shore by Sara Taylor