Raisin wins first novel award

Ross Raisin&#39;s <em>God&#39;s Own Country</em> (Viking) has won the Guildford Book Festival First Novel Award 2008, it was announced last night (15th October).<br /><br />Raisin received &pound;2,500, which was presented to him by sponsor Jackie May. Chair of the judging panel was Andrew Holgate, literary editor of the <em>Sunday Times</em>.<br /><br />The other shortlisted books were:<em> Pollard</em> by Sarah Beatty (Chatto); <em>The Paradise Trail</em> by Duncan Campbell (Headline Review); <em>The Peachgrowers&#39; Almanac</em> by Elaine de Rolli (Chatto); <em>The Outcast</em> by Sadie Jones (Vintage); <em>Monster Love</em> by Carol Topolski (Penguin); and <em>A Dark Enchantment</em> by Roland Vernon (Black Swan).<br /><br />Raisin&#39;s novel is also shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, to be announced on 10th November.<br /><br />