Stephen Grosz’s The Examined Life goes up against a Facebook thriller and Sex and the Citadel, a study of intimacy in the Arab world, on a varied list of nominees• Gallery: the nominees in picturesNoViolet Bulawayo’s visceral, lyrically told story of displacement We Need New Names is pitted against 31 remarkable psychoanalytic case studies in The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz, and Gill Hornby’s comedy with bite The Hive on the longlist of 11 debut titles vying for the 2013 Guardian first book award.The first book award is unique among literary prizes in judging fiction against non-fiction, and is awarded for “excellence, promise and originality”, said Lisa Allardice, the Guardian Review’s editor and chair of the judges.This year’s list sees authors “grappling with very contemporary issues”, Allardice said, describing Lottie Moggah’s Kiss Me First – about computer games addict Leila, who agrees to pose as vivacious, bipolar Tess – as “a true thriller for the Facebook generation”, and Donal Ryan’s novel of multiple narrators The Spinning Heart as “a blistering account of a small Irish town in the aftermath of the financial crash”.The 2013 longlist for the £10,000 prize comprises five non-fiction titles, five novels and a collection of poems, …read more

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