It’s a huge honour to have been awarded the Desmond Elliott Prize. I’m writing this a few days after the ceremony, and it still hasn’t quite sunk in: I have a memory of a very pleasant evening at Fortnum & Mason, where speeches were made, photographs were taken, and there was much laughter and good cheer.
I’ve been asked to write about what being nominated for the Desmond Elliot prize 2019 felt like/meant to me. Being on the long list felt like – vindication. The longest sigh escaping lungs aching with having held their breath too long.
This year’s DEP longlist consisted of novels full of narrative urgency and formal ambition, so I was delighted – and very pleasantly surprised – to make the shortlist. It was wonderful to be considered alongside works as stirring as those by Anna Mackmin and Claire Adam.
The “electrifying” debut “combines the harsh force of a fable with the unforgettable strangeness of real life” Claire Adam has won the 12th annual Desmond Elliott Prize, the “UK’s most prestigious award for first-time novelists” (the Daily Telegraph), it has been announced this evening (19th June). Adam takes home the £10,000 Prize for her debut […]
Desmond Elliott Prize Shortlist Explores Loss of Innocence and the Conflict between Self and Society “From a very strong longlist we’ve arrived at a shortlist of three really marvelous novels — each of them an unforgettable picture of a place and a society, peopled by vividly interesting characters. It’s a pleasure to greet three such […]
Four of the 10 debut novels are inspired by real-life happenings in the histories of the authors’ families. Indies take on the big publishing houses, with Salt longlisted twice alongside titles from Propolis and New Island Books. The list features two Observer ‘new faces of fiction’: Michael Donkor and Yara Rodrigues Fowler. The 10-strong longlist […]
2018 Desmond Elliott Prize winner, Preti Taneja will be appearing in Australia at the Adelaide Festival’s ‘Writer’s Week’. Preti has been invited to be a part of a panel that will explore the Indian diaspora alongside Sohaila Abdulali and Sujatha Gidla on Sunday 3rd March, before discussing her Desmond Elliott Prize winning novel, We That […]
The re-telling of King Lear is the second book from independent publisher Galley Beggar Press to receive the Prize, following Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing in 2014 Preti Taneja has won the eleventh annual Desmond Elliott Prize, the “UK’s most prestigious award for first-time novelists” (the Daily Telegraph), it has been announced […]
Former Desmond Elliott Prize judge Kamila Shamsie has been awarded the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her seventh novel, Home Fire, a contemporary reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone. Sarah Sands, chair of judges for the Women’s Prize, said that Home Fire was “the book which we felt spoke for our times. Home Fire is about […]
Sarah Perry, author of the 2016 Waterstones Book of the Year, The Essex Serpent, is to chair the judging panel for the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize, the “UK’s most prestigious award for debut novelists” (The Telegraph). Perry will be joined on the panel by award-winning journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed, and head of publisher liaison […]