I'm really excited to see Evie Wyld recognized on this shortlist for first works of fiction. I loved After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, one of my Dewey picks from last year. It's a very powerful novel about the effects of war on three generations. She'll be up against Irene Sabatini for her novel The Boy Next Door and Jane Borodale for The Book of Fires. Previous winners of this award have included Canada's own Karen Connelly for The Lizard Cage, along with Diana Evans, Naomi Alderman, Joanna Kavenna and Francesca Kay.