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Cecile Pin shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize 2023

Cecile Pin has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Debut Fiction Prize – an award for exceptional first novels, voted for by Waterstones booksellers. She is nominated for her novel Wandering Souls (4th Estate): "Heartbreaking and exquisitely constructed, Pin's accomplished debut follows a group of Vietnamese refugees as they navigate their way through the cold individuality of Thatcher's Britain, guided only by the voice of their deceased younger brother."

Celebrating debut fiction in all its forms, the prize highlights the importance of discovering and championing new talent and acts as an extension of the alchemy of bookseller word-of-mouth recommendation. Waterstones said: "‘The six shortlisted novels play with genre and form but are united by an astonishing command of storytelling, balancing tradition with innovation. These first novels are imbued with enormous ambition and passion, often drawing on the lived experience of the authors, their families, or communities, to dazzling effect. They are all bold, electrifying new voices, representing the best of the future of fiction. We can’t wait to share them with the world, and to see what they all do next."

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