The Emperor of All Maladies is longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award

The Emperor of All Maladies is longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

Congratulations to Siddhartha Mukherjee, as the  Emperor of All Maladies has been longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award .

The awards recognise the finest new writing talent who have had work published in English in the last year.

The longlist will be reduced to a shortlist by the judging panel including One Day author David Nicholls.  The judging panel will take advice from Guardian reading groups, run in association with Waterstones across the UK.

Commenting on the longlist Lisa Allardice, awards chair and editor of the Review, Guardian, said: “First novels are often accused of being overly autobiographical, but several of this year’s entries are audacious takes on topical subjects such as Amy Waldman’s The Submission, set in the aftermath of 9/11 in New York, or Stephen Kelman’s Pigeon English, about gang warfare in a South London estate.”

“The non-fiction titles are equally strong and wide-ranging, including a memoir of a young writer’s love affair with Russian literature, to a magisterial ‘biography’ of cancer, to a polemical anatomy of British class hatred. And not forgetting Rachel Boast’s truly luminous collection of poetry, Sidereal.”

“For the first time we opened up the judging process, inviting readers to nominate a title for the final place on the longlist: Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos takes us deep into the world of Mexican drug lord and is a lively addition to an extremely exciting longlist.”

The full longlist is:


The Possessed by Elif Batuman, Granta

Chavs by Owen Jones, Verso

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, Fourth Estate


Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman, Bloomsbury

The Submission by Amy Waldman, Heinemann

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Harvill

The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock, Canongate

The Collaborator by Mirza Waheed, Penguin

Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos, And Other Stories 


Sideral by Rachel Boast, Picador

For further information on the awards visit:

The shortlist will be announced at the end of October and the winner announced on 1 December.



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