Yearly Archives: 2017

Past Prize Winners and What Happened Next

In the past ten years, the Prize has consistently discovered some of the most gifted writers of new fiction.

Liz Thomson, Prize Trustee and journalist, has gone back to each one of the ten winners and to discover what impact winning the Prize has had on their writing careers and also, what happened next…







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The Desmond Elliott Prize celebrates 10th anniversary at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

This month, to celebrate 10 years of discovering dazzling debuts, the Desmond Elliott Prize has partnered with the Edinburgh International Book Festival to bring festival-goers an extra special panel event with past Prize-winners, Lisa McInerney (The Glorious Heresies, The Blood Miracles) and Claire Fuller (Our Endless Numbered Days, Swimming Lessons). The event, which will take […]




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Rowan Hisayo Buchanan: Journey to Publication

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan’s debut novel Harmless Like You is shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and the 2017 Betty Trask Prize. We spoke to her about the inspiration behind her novel and her journey to getting published. How did the idea for your debut originate? I’d been working on a different novel. Then my mother […]




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Kit de Waal: Journey to Publication

Kit de Waal’s debut novel My Name is Leon is shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award. We spoke to her about her journey to publication and her advice to aspiring authors. What did you learn from the process of writing your debut? I learned that I’m […]




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Francis Spufford: Journey to Publication

Golden Hill

Francis Spufford’s debut novel Golden Hill won the Costa First Novel award earlier this year and is now shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. He is the author of a number of non-fiction books and teaches writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. We talked to him about the process of writing his first novel and […]




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Karl Geary celebrates US publication of Montpelier Parade

Karl Geary, a member of the Desmond Elliott Prize Class of 2017 with his longlisted novel Montpelier Parade, enjoyed a pre-launch party at the Scratcher in New York’s East Village last week.The publisher is Catapult, founded just two years ago by Elizabeth Koch as not just a publishing house but “a publishing place”. Check out […]




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