Ten selected for Guardian award

<p>Ten &quot;ambitious, resonant&quot; titles are named today to fight the first round of the &pound;10,000 Guardian First Book Award, which is dedicated to spotting and advancing new writing talent, reports the Guardian.<br /><br />Authors on this year&#39;s longlist range from Catherine O&#39;Flynn, brought up in her parents&#39; Birmingham sweet shop, to Ethiopian-born Dinaw Mengestu. Themes range from the politically revelatory to the wildly surrealist. The 10 include two of the year&#39;s most intriguing titles - <em>St Lucy&#39;s Home for Girls Raised By Wolves</em>, and A<em> Guinea Pig&#39;s History of Biology</em> - one of which is seriously meant.</p><p><strong>The longlist comprises</strong>:</p><p>A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam (John Murray) <br />A fictional account of the Bangladesh War of Independence interwoven with Anam&rsquo;s own family history <br /><br />A Guinea Pig&rsquo;s History of Biology by Jim Endersby (Heinemann) <br />A non-fiction book revealing a different view on the history of evolution <br /><br />Children of the Revolution by Dinaw Mengestu (Jonathan Cape) <br />A portrait of an African immigrant&rsquo;s search for the American dream <br /><br />God&rsquo;s Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain by Rosemary Hill (Allen Lane) <br />Biography of the great architect and designer <br /><br />Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris (Viking) <br />A humorous novel about the realities of working life <br /><br />Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Rajiv Chandrasekaran (Bloomsbury) <br />A non-fiction account of the Green Zone in Iraq &ndash; the US led Coalition Provisional Authority <br /><br />Live Working or Die Fighting by Paul Mason (Harvill Secker) <br />An historical account of how the working class became global <br /><br />Look We Have Coming to Dover! By Daljit Nagra (Faber) <br />A collection of poems exploring multicultural Britain <br /><br />St Lucy&rsquo;s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell (Chatto &amp; Windus) <br />Ten short stories charting loss, love and the difficult art of growing up <br /><br />What was Lost by Catherine O&rsquo;Flynn (Tindal Street Press) <br />Part ghost story and part mystery story set in a huge shopping centre </p>