Two UEA alumni have been longlisted for the 2015 Folio Prize. Neel Mukherjee is nominated for his second novel ‘The Lives of Others’ (Chatto & Windus) and Sandra Newman for her third novel ‘The Country of Ice Cream Star’ (Chatto & Windus). Neel graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2001 and published his first novel, ‘A Life Apart’, in 2010, winning the Vodafone-Crossword Award and the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book Award. Earlier this year ‘The Lives of Others’ was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and The Costa Novel Award. Sandra (pictured) graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2002, and was shortlisted that year the Guardian First Book Award for her debut novel ‘The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done’. She published her second novel ‘Cake’ in 2008 and a memoir, ‘Changeling’, in 2010. In addition she has published a guide to Western literature, ‘The Western Lit Survival Kit: How To Read The Classics Without Fear’ (2012) and is the co-author (with Howard Mittelmark) of ‘How Not To Write A Novel’ (2008) and ‘Read This Next’ (2010). The shortlist of eight titles for the Folio Prize will be announced on 9th February 2015, and the winner on 23rd March.