COMMONWEALTH WRITER'S PRIZE
FOR 
BEST FIRST BOOK
1989-2003

Since 1987 the Commonwealth Writers Prize has been awarded by the Commonwealth Foundation to "reward and encourage the upsurge of new Commonwealth fiction, and to ensure that works of merit reach a wider audience outside their own country." Determinedly cosmopolitan, it holds each final judging and award ceremony in a different one of the 53 Commonwealth countries. Its shortlisting procedure is designed to ensure this cosmopolitanism. For the purposes of the award the Commonwealth is divided into four regions, Africa, the Caribbean and Canada, Eurasia (which includes the United Kingdom), and Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. In each region a best book and a best first book are chosen: these comprise the overall shortlist. The Prize for Best First Book was first awarded in 1989

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2003 Sarah Hall Haweswater
2002 Manu Herbstein Ama: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade
2001 Zadie Smith White Teeth
2000 Jeffrey Moore Prisoner in a Red-Rose Chain
1999 Kerri Sakamoto The Electrical Field
1998 Tim Wynveen Angel Falls
1997 Ann-Marie MacDonald Fall on Your Knees
1996 Vikram Chandra Red Earth and Pouring Rain
1995 Adib Khan Seasonal Adjustments
1994 Keith Oatley The Case of Emily V
1993 Gita Hariharan The Thousand Faces of Night
1992 Robert Antoni Divina Trace
1991 Pauline Melville Shape-Shifter
1990 John Cranna Visitors
1989 Bonnie Burnard Women of Influence

 
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