Mohammed Hanif, author of The Case of the Exploding Mangoes has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2008.
In total, four novels, four non-fiction books, a collection of short stories and a book of poetry have made the cut from a selection of 170 books.
The award is unique for rewarding new writing across fiction and non-fiction and for being judged by a panel and readers from Waterstone’s book groups.
The shortlist of five will be announced in November and the overall winner in December. The winner will receive £10,000
Hanif was also longlisted for the Man Booker Prize this year.