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Independent publishers dominate 2015 Guardian first book award longlist

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From an eccentric debut novel to a searing portrait of Putin’s Russia, the contenders for this year’s award show the strength and daring of the ‘indies’

From a portrait of a marriage first spotted by Jonathan Franzen to a chilling account of Putin’s Russia, the longlist for the 2015 Guardian first book award is powered by the creativity and verve of independent publishers.

Six out of the 10 books selected for the £10,000 prize, awarded to the year’s best debut in any genre, are published by independent presses, with a further two titles published by major houses in the UK after smaller imprints first picked them up elsewhere.

Related: Guardian first book award 2015 longlist – in pictures

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