What is the First Book Award?

Our First Book Award celebrates the wealth of new writing included in the Book Festival programme each year.

Every debut novelist and every overseas writer whose words are published in English for the first time is included in the award, along with a selection of young adult fiction.

Unlike other literary prizes, the winner of the First Book Award is selected by you, the readers who champion new writing and who are responsible for making superstars out of debut novelists.

Many of the writers who participate in our Festival programme go on to forge international careers. Our First Book Award enables you to play your part in identifying a future literary legend by reading the books, coming to see the author events and, of course, by placing your vote. Everyone who casts a vote is also entered into a prize draw to win all the titles in the award. 

Browse the authors and titles included in this year's award below. Voting closes at midnight on Friday 13 October 2017.

Golden Hill Vote

Francis Spufford for Golden Hill

The City Always Wins Vote

Omar Robert Hamilton for The City Always Wins

Goblin Vote

Ever Dundas for Goblin

Infinite Ground Vote

Martin MacInnes for Infinite Ground

Peculiar Ground Vote

Lucy Hughes-Hallett for Peculiar Ground

Open Arms Vote

Vince Cable for Open Arms

The Wages of Sin Vote

Kaite Welsh for The Wages of Sin

Things We Lost in the Fire Vote

Mariana Enriquez for Things We Lost in the Fire

Wing Jones Vote

Katherine Webber for Wing Jones

Marlena Vote

Julie Buntin for Marlena

I Have No Secrets Vote

Penny Joelson for I Have No Secrets

Sympathy Vote

Olivia Sudjic for Sympathy

How to Be Human Vote

Paula Cocozza for How to Be Human

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Vote

Gail Honeyman for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

The Witchfinder's Sister Vote

Beth Underdown for The Witchfinder's Sister

Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions Vote

Mario Giordano for Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions

Larchfield Vote

Polly Clark for Larchfield

This is How We Talk Vote

Julian Furman for This is How We Talk

Colonel Lágrimas Vote

Carlos Fonseca for Colonel Lágrimas

Forbidden Line Vote

Paul Stanbridge for Forbidden Line

Montpelier Parade Vote

Karl Geary for Montpelier Parade

Fever Dream Vote

Samanta Schweblin for Fever Dream

Little Deaths Vote

Emma Flint for Little Deaths

The Equestrienne Vote

Uršuľa Kovalyk for The Equestrienne

Pigeon Vote

Alys Conran for Pigeon

Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain Vote

Barney Norris for Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain

The Iron Age Vote

Arja Kajermo for The Iron Age

Seeing Red Vote

Lina Meruane for Seeing Red

The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times Vote

Xan Brooks for The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times

Land of Love and Ruins Vote

Oddný Eir for Land of Love and Ruins

Women Who Blow on Knots Vote

Ece Temelkuran for Women Who Blow on Knots

Absolution Vote

Aleš Steger for Absolution

The Cure for Lonely Vote

Jessica Thummel for The Cure for Lonely

The French Art of War Vote

Alexis Jenni for The French Art of War

The Sixteen Trees of the Somme Vote

Lars Mytting for The Sixteen Trees of the Somme

Dead Letters Vote

Caite Dolan-Leach for Dead Letters

Temporary People Vote

Deepak Unnikrishnan for Temporary People

Year of the Drought Vote

Roland Buti for Year of the Drought

The Burning Ground Vote

Adam O'Riordan for The Burning Ground

This Is Memorial Device Vote

David Keenan for This Is Memorial Device

We Are The End Vote

Gonzalo C Garcia for We Are The End

Swallowing Mercury Vote

Wioletta Greg for Swallowing Mercury

The End of Eddy Vote

Édouard Louis for The End of Eddy

Riverkeep Vote

Martin Stewart for Riverkeep

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