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‘Young Skins’ wins ‘Guardian’ First Book Award

Debut Irish author Colin Barrett has won the £10,000 (A$18,467) Guardian First Book Award for his short story collection Young Skins (Jonathan Cape), reports the Bookseller. Barrett’s book, which follows the lives of young men and women living in a fictional small, rural town in rural Ireland, was selected from a shortlist of five. Also on the shortlist were: Things to Make and Break (May-Lan Tan, CB Editions); The Night Guest (Fiona McFarlane, Penguin); Age of Ambition (Evan Osnos, Random House); and Do No Harm (Henry Marsh, Orion). Chair of judges and Guardian Review editor Lisa Allardice said: ‘Colin Barrett has already been hailed as a “new, young genius”—and you can’t get much better than that.’ For more information about the Guardian First Book Award, click here.



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