Great to see two recent faves on the shortlist for the Guardian First Book Award as reported by The Bookseller:
Donal Ryan is the only man on the shortlist with novel The Spinning Heart (Doubleday Ireland), which has already achieved success at the 2012 Irish Book Awards, winning Book of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. The novel, which portrays different narrators dealing with Ireland’s economic crisis in a rural town, was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. and
NoViolet Bulawayo’s Man Booker-shortlisted tale about a Zimbabwean girl's coming-of-age, We Need New Names.
Blogs about both are available further down this list.