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Dante International is the very first novel published by Wordweaver Publishing House.
The Pickwick Papers was the first novel of Charles Dickens.
The youngest writer on this year's longlist is Tom Rob Smith, 29, who is longlisted for his first novel, Child 44.
The book has already been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2007, the Glen Dimplex Fiction Award 2007 and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2007.
Forbidden Cargo is a complex and imaginative first novel.
Unfeeling is his first novel and the events are based on what happened to a pupil at his school.
It's been twenty years since Gibbons' first novel Ellen Foster was published to acclaim as a classic coming of age story: The Life All Around Me By Ellen Foster continues the story of an adolescent who has here found a new mother and permanent home even though she still struggles with her mother's death and her father's abuse.
Her first book in 1978 was a travel guide to Hong Kong and Macau, while her first novel, Keeping the Faith, 10 years later was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award.
Author Theodore Dreiser's shocking first novel Sister Carrie might never have gained such fame were it not for his closest friend, one Arthur Henry, who prodded him to write fiction and helped him create his first novel.
Envy (Random House) is Harrison's first novel with a contemporary setting since Exposure (1993), and her second to feature a male protagonist.
95): A "gentlemen's" bar on Manhattan's upper east side is the setting for this satisfying first novel.
Richard Collins is in the running with The Land as Viewed from the Sea, a confident and lyrical first novel set in his native west Wales which was short-listed for Whitbread First Novel Award last year.