Armitstead criticises editors

Armitstead criticises editors

<p><em>Guardian</em> literary editor Claire Armitstead has criticised the editing of titles submitted for the newspaper&#39;s<em> </em>&pound;10,000 First Book Prize, which released its longlist on Friday (27th August). </p><p>Chair of judges, Armitstead praised the list but Tweeted: &quot;I<span class="status-body"><span class="status-content"><span class="entry-content">&#39;ve discovered some wonderful books&mdash;more than could fit on first book longlist&mdash;but am frustrated by the standard of editing</span></span></span>.&quot; James Naughtie, the chair of 2009 judging panel for the Man Booker Prize, l<a href="../news/96367-booker-chair-slams-sloppy-editing.html" target="_blank">ast year slammed </a>the &quot;sloppy editing&quot; of some entries.<br /> </p><p>Armistead added, &quot;This year&#39;s longlist brings together a younger generation of writers who have moved beyond the social realism of Martin Amis and Ian McEwan, and are pushing at the boundaries of realist fiction.&quot; </p><p><em>The Floating Man</em> by Katharine Towers (Picador) is the lone poetry title, and will contend with novels by Rebecca Hunt, Nadifa Mohamed and Ned Beauman, plus titles on the bomber pilots of the Second World War and Virginia Woolf. The list was announced on Friday (27th August).</p><p>The shortlist will be announced in October, and the winner at the beginning of December.<br /><br /><strong>The longlist in full:</strong><br /><br /><em>Mr Chartwell</em> by Rebecca Hunt (Fig Tree)<br /><br /><em>Boxer, Beetle</em> by Ned Beauman (Sceptre)<br /><br /><em>Things We Didn&#39;t See Coming</em> by Steven Amsterdam (Harvill)<br /><br /><em>Your Presence is Requested at Suvanto</em> by Maile Chapman (Cape)<br /><br /><em>Black Mamba Boy </em>by Nadifa Mohamed (HarperCollins)<br /><br /><em>Bomber County: The Lost Airmen of World War Two</em> by Daniel Swift (Hamish Hamilton)<br /><br /><em>Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error</em> by Kathryn Schulz (Portobello)<br /><br /><em>Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper</em> by Alexandra Harris (Thames &amp; Hudson)<br /><br /><em>Curfewed Night: A Frontline Memoir of Life, Love and War in Kashmir</em> by Basharat Peer (HarperCollins)<br /><br /><em>The Floating Man</em> by Katharine Towers (Picador)<br /><br /> </p>