Debut author Szalay wins Geoffrey Faber prize

Debut novelist David Szalay has won The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Fiction 2009 for his title <em>London and the South-East </em>(Vintage).<br /><br />Szalay picked up the &pound;1,000 for his comic novel about the world of work. The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize is awarded annually and is given on alternate years for a volume of verse and for a volume of prose fiction. No submissions for the prize are made. <br /><br />The award was this year was judged by authors Kate Summerscale and Andrew Miller, and journalist Boyd Tonkin.<br /><br />The judges said: &quot;David&#39;s novel was, from its first lines, immensely readable. He has caught perfectly the atmosphere of the world he describes. His style is authoritative, poised and exact. This is work of a very high order indeed, and against some extraordinarily talented opposition David is a very worthy winner.&quot;