Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen has been longlisted for the Guardian first book award!

The Guardian first book award is awarded annually to debut authors writing in English, or translated into English, across all genres. The award is unique in judging first-time works of fiction alongside those of non-fiction and is the only literary award that rewards first-time writers in all genres.

Previous winners of the prize include Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer and Robert Macfarlane.


'Ingenious, subtle, ambitious and intriguing' Stuart Kelly, TLS 'It is from a simple, almost mythological conceit that Chigozie Obioma’s debut novel grows, gaining complexity and power as it rises to its heartbreaking climax... grounded in the Aristotelian concept of tragedy... it is the detailed, painstakingly built images and descriptions that give the novel its unique power' Helon Habila, Guardian 'A striking, controlled and masterfully taut debut… The tale has a timeless quality that renders it almost allegorical and it is the more powerful for it' Carl Wilkinson, Financial Times Listen to Chigozie Obioma's interview with Mariella Frostrup on BBC Radio 4's Open Book.

Interview with Elena Lappin from ONE – The Siren

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Congratulations to our author Jamie Mason whose debut Three Graves Full was chosen as one of the best books of 2013 by Library Journal! Click here for more information. Buy the book here!

Click on the links to read the full articles: "A cheerful murder story, with plenty of snap... Mason places her characters on a tightrope overlooking a feverish mixture of farce, emotion and thrillerish violence" John Self, Guardian "A late contender for crime novel of the year ... carries some serious narrative heft … hilarious" Metro "Slickly done ... funny, wise and yuckier than CSI ... We don't just laugh at the plight of the characters, we care about them too, which is a rare and delightful achievement" Bookoxygen "The Coen Brothers meet Alfred Hitchcock in this darkly comic debut" Daily Express "Incredibly entertaining and suspenseful … brilliant" The Times Buy the book here!

Jamie Mason talks about writing her debut novel, Three Graves Full: 9780957548800 Three Graves Full is published by ONE at Pushkin Press on 10 October 2013.

The Times's Kate Saunders writes: "Three Graves Full is incredibly entertaining and suspenseful ... Brilliant." Click here for the full review. Jamie Mason's Three Graves Full is published on 10 October, but if you can't wait till then you can watch the trailer here! Find out more about the book. Find out more about Jamie Mason. Buy the book here!

Elena "I'm drawn to first-time writers. I love that moment of a new voice emerging and being involved in that ... I'm looking for fearlessness, honestly, authenticity and a really sharp mind. There is no subject that can't be touched. We need to be able to talk and write about everything that's human and write about it in a way that no one has done before." Click here to read Cathy Rentzenbrink's profile of ONE editor Elena Lappin in The Bookseller on 6 September 2013.

First World English deal for the new imprint

Elena Lappin, Editor of ONE, a new imprint of Pushkin Press, has snapped up World English rights to The Fishermen by 26-year-old Nigerian debut novelist Chigozie Obioma, from Jessica Craig at United Agents and Peter Steinberg of The Steinberg Agency, New York. The author was born in Akure, Nigeria, and is currently a scholarship student in MFA Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.

Told by nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, the novel deals with an unforgettable childhood in a small western Nigerian town in mid 1990s, when the boys use their strict father’s absence from home to go fishing instead of attending school, and become exposed to a local madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of the close-knit family.

Lappin says: ‘I am thrilled to be publishing Chigozie Obioma on my new list. His masterful writing simply took my breath away, in its sheer power to involve the reader in the life of his characters, from the first sentence to the last. There is a similarity with The Kite Runner, in telling a painful story with great beauty and grace. Chigozie Obioma is a unique, dazzling new literary voice.’

‘Obioma is a major new talent, and I was bowled over by the visceral power of The Fishermen.’ – Adam Freudenheim, Publisher of Pushkin Press.


The author said: ‘I am thrilled to be working with Elena Lappin and Adam Freudenheim, and to be on the ONE list. The Fishermen first came to me as a tribute to my many brothers (six of them), and a wake-up call to a dwindling nation – Nigeria. Then it grew into something much more than that; it felt necessary. So I'm thrilled to be with a team with a formidable plan to set off: ONE at Pushkin Press.’

The Fishermen will be published as a lead title in early 2015.

For translation rights, please contact Jessica Craig

For further information about ONE, please contact Katherine Stroud