The Scotsman reports (found via) that Cormac McCarthy has won this year's James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction with The Road, (which also took the Pulitzer Prize) while Byron Rogers won the award for best biography for his book The Man Who Went Into the West on the Welsh poet R.S. Thomas (reviewed Sunday in the Observer.)
Eric beat me to blogging the longlist of the Guardian First Book Award which is a delightfully mixed bag of reads from different genres, showcasing new writing talent.
And here's the list with a one-liner for each:
Tahmima Anam - A Golden Age
A fictional account of the Bangladesh War of Independence, interwoven with the novelist's own family history.Rajiv Chandrasekaran - Imperial Life in the Emerald City
An account of life in Baghdad's Green Zone from the Washington Post's former bureau chief.(It also won the Samuel Johnson Award for non-fiction, you may remember.)
Jim Endersby - A Guinea Pig's History of Biology
A different perspective on the development of evolution from a historian of science.Joshua Ferris - Then We Came to the End
A wry novel which looks at the realities of working life.Rosemary Hill - God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain
The first major biography of the architect Augustus Pugin, inventor of the English Gothic Revival.Paul Mason - Live Working or Die Fighting
BBC Newsnight's business and industry correspondent puts the new working class born from globalisation into context, alongside the epic history of the labour movement.Dinaw Mengestu - Children of the Revolution
A haunting evocation of one man's search for the American dream.Daljit Nagra - Look We Have Coming to Dover!
A collection of poems exploring the complications of multicultural Britain.Catherine O'Flynn - What Was Lost
A ghost story and a mystery set in a shopping centre.(Also nominated for the Booker Prize.)
Karen Russell - St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
Ten short stories charting loss, love and the difficult art of growing up.There are links to reviews and other articles on the Guardian website. The shortlist will be announced in the first week of November.