The Guardian First Book Award

Dear writerly reader,

First I want to thank you all for your brilliant/lovely/surprising descriptions of summer nights. Comments appeared both here on my blog and through the website goodreads. Cicadas, fireflies, sparrows, the late-setting sun, noisy traffic, hooting owls — I was transported to London, Florida, Chicago, Australia, Iowa, the Netherlands, Italy. You all are amazing!

I also want to share some exciting news. I learned this morning that The Snow Child is among reader-nominated titles being considered for the long list for The Guardian First Book Award. This is one of UK’s most prestigious book prizes, and I am so thrilled to have my book in the mix.

Readers are already showing their support for The Snow Child by leaving their comments with The Guardian by visiting here and by tweeting on Twitter

The long list for the prize consists of 10 books, fiction and nonfiction, published in the UK during the current year. It must  be the author’s first book. The Guardian has already selected nine titles for the long list, but the final title will be chosen based on reader response.

According to The Guardian:

“If you have read The Snow Child, add your review to the book page and have a say in the final selection. The 10th title will be announced at the end of July.”

The Guardian will announce the 10th title at the end of July, and it’ll go forward to the longlist, to be judged as by Waterstones books groups around the country, along with a central panel.

I have been so touched by the response from readers around the world. Thank you everyone!







  • Great News! Congratulations!

  • Donna Braendel says:

    That is terrific Eowyn! I am not surprised. We will be thinking thumbs up for you all the way.

  • cravingpages says:

    Congratulations! I’ve definitely been sharing this news via the usual mediums – you absolutely deserve the nomination, very glad to see this in the Guardian. Go you!

  • Sue Mathis says:

    HELP!! I went to the page but couldn’t figure out how to leave my review! (I’m a little computer illiterate!)

    • cravingpages says:

      Make sure you create a Guardian account first. Once you do, follow the link in the article to the page for The Snow Child and click one of the Post Review buttons.

  • cravingpages says:

    Reblogged this on cravingpages and commented:
    Following up on my recent review of the fantastic The Snow Child, I’m happy to see that Eowyn Ivey has been nominated for a The Guardian First Book Award. If you’ve read the book, please drop a review on The Guardian Books site and show your support!

  • Sue Mathis says:

    Thank you cravingpages!

  • NathanDunbar says:

    I could not be more thrilled for you! Posted my Goodreads review on the Guardian site. Best of luck!

  • I read the Guardian books section daily and when I saw this prize mentioned some time ago, I immediately responded suggesting your book, which remains the best read for me in 2012, I had already put my review up there in April after I read it, since the Guardian reviews hadn’t quite seen it how I do 🙂 (RedBirdFlies). It is so deserving and whether it wins or not, it definitely wins my prize. Good Luck. Claire

  • Mrs Penfold says:

    Hi Eowyn, so exciting to read this news. Congrats and best wishes. It’s my fave book for 2012 by a long shot. xf

  • sardav64 says:

    Well done
    And good luck well deserved

  • Congratulations! This is much deserved! 😀