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2015 Guardian First Book Award Longlist Released

This year’s slate includes lots of underdogs: the majority of the longlist books come from independent publishers. The diverse list includes a couple of American works, including writer Nell Zink’s debut, The Wallcreeper. Zink rose to prominence after being discovered by Jonathan Franzen, who exchanged letters with her about birds–both are birdwatchers.

Since its creation in 1999, the Guardian First Book Award has been given annually to the best fiction debut in any genre. The prize is worth £10,000, or about $15,600 US. Previous winners include Zadie Smith (for White Teeth) and Jonathan Safran Foer (for Everything is Illuminated). Last year’s winner was Colin Barrett, for Young Skins.

View the complete list below, and check back with us for the winners when they’re announced in November!

Man V. Nature by Diane Cook


Mrs. Engels by Gavin McCrea


Physical by Andrew McMillan

The Fish Ladder by Katharine Norbury

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


The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink


Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume