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Unbound Firsts is a new imprint for debut writers of colour.

Monday, 14 February 2022

The Unbound Firsts 2022 shortlist!

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the imprint so far. From over 50 entries, we've got five fantastic manuscripts on our shortlist. They are:

Ravi Holy
Multiple Personalities: The Many Lives of Ravi Holy
Multiple Personalities tells the story of vicar Ravi Holy’s unusual spiritual journey – which has included both Paganism and Pentecostalism – and his recovery from extreme abuse in childhood and drug-induced psychosis.

Lena Lee
Girl, Uprooted
Every three years, everything changed for Lena: new country, new school, new friends. Girl, Uprooted is her memoir about growing up as the daughter of a diplomat and finding her identity.

Ammar Kalia
And So Much Longing
And So Much Longing is an imagined memoir: the story of one man’s migration from Kenya to England in 1966, told through the lives of his three children in 2019.

Paul David Gould
Last Dance at the Discotheque for Deviants
Young Kostya ‘comes out’ on Russia’s 1990s gay scene, hell-bent on pursuing love. So how, as dreams turn to tragedy, have those he loves most ended up betraying him?

Solange Burrell
Yeseni and the Daughter of Peace
In 1748 Elewa discovers she has Yeseni, a powerful gift that allows her to see events from any point in time. When horrific visions of life on barbaric slave ships come to her, she has to make a dangerous choice…

Right now, a team of dedicated, experienced editors at Unbound are reading and rereading every submission in full, to decide on the two that will be published as Unbound Firsts next year. We'll be announcing this on 14 March - so watch this space!

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John Crawford
 John Crawford says:

They all sound great! :)

posted 14th February 2022

Byong-hyun LEE
 Byong-hyun LEE says:

I will be the first one to read their books upon publication.

posted 14th February 2022

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