Anthony Quinn in Author's Club win

<p>Anthony Quinn&#39;s <em>The Rescue Man</em> (Jonathan Cape) has won the Best First Novel Award at the 2010 Author&#39;s Club awards.<br /><br />Quinn&#39;s debut work was praised as a &quot;mature, beautifully crafted novel&rdquo; by guest adjudicator Amanda Craig. He has worked for 20 years as a film and book critic for the <em>Independent </em>before writing fiction. <br /><br />Quinn beat two other Jonathan Cape novels,&nbsp; <em>After the Fire, a Still Small Voice </em>by Evie Wyld, and <em>Choke Chain</em> by Jason Donald - as well as <em>Designs for a Happy Home</em> by Matthew Reynolds (Bloomsbury), <em>The Earth Hums in B-Flat</em> by Mari Strachan (Canongate) and <em>The Finest Type of English Womanhood,</em> by Rachel Heath (Hutchinson). <br /><br />Craig said that the high quality of novels on the shortlist was credit &quot;to the judges of the Author&#39;s Club First Novel Award and to a vintage year in fiction&quot;.<br />&nbsp;</p>