Best First Novel Award 2015 Long List Announced

6th May 2015

We are delighted to announce that The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt (Simon & Schuster) and Acts of Omission by Terry Stiastny (John Murray) have been selected to long list for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2015.The full list of 12 books were selected from a record number of more than 60 submissions by a panel of Authors’ Club members after intense and wide-ranging debate.

They are, as follows:

The Letter Bearer by Robert Allison (Granta)
A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray (Hutchinson)
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Picador)
Academy Street by Mary Costello (Canongate)
The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson (Little, Brown)
The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman (Weidenfeld)
Ishmael’s Oranges by Claire Hajj (Oneworld)
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Penguin)
The Dynamite Room by Jason Hewitt (Simon & Schuster)
The Restoration of Otto Laird by Nigel Packer (Sphere)
In the Light of What We Know by Zia Haider Rahman (Picador)
Acts of Omission by Terry Stiastny (John Murray)

The shortlist will be made public in May, and the shorted authors will read from their work at Foyles bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT, on Wednesday 27 May.

The winner will be announced – and the £2,500 prize awarded – by this year’s guest adjudicator, the writer Susie Boyt, at a reception on Wednesday 17 June at the National Liberal Club in London.

Jack Wolf won the prize last year, for his debut The Tale of Rawhead and Bloodybones

Related Books

Acts of Omission

Acts of Omission

John Murray, 2014
The Dynamite Room

The Dynamite Room

Simon & Schuster (UK), Little,Brown (US), 2014