Hanif tops Guardian First Book Award

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.