Wyld up for Authors' Club prize

<p>Last year&#39;s John Llewellyn Rhys prize winner Evie Wyld has been shortlisted for the Authors&#39; Club Best First Novel Award.<br /><br />Half of the six-strong list are from Jonathan Cape, with Wyld&#39;s <em>After the Fire, A Still Small Voice </em>facing stablemates Jason Donald&#39;s <em>Choke Chain</em> and <em>The Rescue Man </em>by Anthony Quinn.<br /><br />The &pound;2,500 prize is awarded to the most promising debut novel issued by a British publisher in the previous year. </p><p>The shortlist is selected by a panel of Club members. Chair Suzi Feay said:&nbsp; &quot;We were looking for six novels that were deeply satisfying in their own right, but which also pointed the way to a significant future career.&quot;<br /><br />The winner will be announced on 7th April. Guest adjudicator, novelist Amanda Craig, will select the winner. <br /><br /><strong>The shortlist in full</strong><br /><br /><em>Choke Chain</em> by Jason Donald (Jonathan Cape)<br /><br /><em>The Finest Type of English Womanhood</em> by Rachel Heath (Hutchinson)<br /><em><br />The Rescue Man</em> by Anthony Quinn (Jonathan Cape)<br /><br /><em>Designs for a Happy Home </em>by Matthew Reynolds (Bloomsbury)<br /><br /><em>The Earth&nbsp; Hums in B Flat</em> by Mari Strachan (Canongate)<br /><em><br />After the Fire, a Still Small Voice</em> by Evie Wyld (Jonathan Cape)<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>