The Authors’ Club has updated its website with some details about this year’s Best First Novel Award.
The shortlist was selected by a panel of club members. The chair of judges, literary critic Suzi Feay said:
“From a very strong longlist of 12 books it was difficult to prune, but after a tense discussion six titles clearly came to the fore. We have a wonderfully diverse shortlist. Reading all six will take you on a epic voyage to the far north; to a mystical English mansion; a dangerous dead-end town in Brazil; into the mind of a most original female narrator; through three eras of gay London; and headlong into an gripping Indian mystery. All these authors have the potential to go on to brilliant careers.”
The guest adjudicator Joanne Harris, and the winner will be announced on 14th April 2011.
It’s fantastic to see DRY SEASON included on that shortlist.