Guardian First Book Award 2009

I’m stunned and delighted to have been longlisted today for the Guardian First Book Award 2009.  I don’t really know what to say, except that it’s an honour to be included on a list so exciting and diverse.

You can read the Guardian’s article about it here.

Comments 6

  1. J Adamthwaite wrote:


    (I haven’t read it yet but it’s on top of my pile!)

    Posted 28 Aug 2009 at 12:00 pm
  2. patrick wrote:

    Hurrah – very well done. Deservedly on the long-list in our opinion (and there’s a very nice bit in the Guardian podcast discussion today about your novel which you might try to hear if you haven’t already)

    Posted 28 Aug 2009 at 1:39 pm
  3. Ali wrote:

    Thank you!

    I just heard the Guardian podcast and thought it was great. I’m glad they said it was uninfluenced by literary fashion – I didn’t even know there was literary fashion!

    Must stop only reading books by long-dead authors…

    Posted 01 Sep 2009 at 10:37 am
  4. Susan wrote:

    Absolutely brilliant and thoroughly deserved. Congratulations from all at C&W!

    Posted 01 Sep 2009 at 4:54 pm
  5. Anna wrote:


    I have just finished your book and I thought the moth-winged cattle were a stroke of genius, if you are interested in reading my review, just follow the link above!

    I wish you lots of luck for the future


    Posted 07 Sep 2009 at 12:25 am
  6. Ali wrote:

    Hello Anna,

    Thank you for the lovely review. You’re very kind! I’m glad you enjoyed it and that the little moth-winged fellows made you smile.


    Posted 10 Sep 2009 at 9:50 am