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MY FAVOURITE DEBUT: CLAIRE FULLER

Next up in our series of Desmond Elliott Prize alumni’s favourite debuts, we have 2015 winner, Claire Fuller. “I thought it would be impossible to come up with a favourite debut novel of all time. Today, though I can tell you what it is; ask me tomorrow and it might be one of many others. […]




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DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE LONGLIST 2018

DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE LONGLIST HERALDS “POWERFUL ARRAY OF DISTINCTIVE VOICES” WITH COMMERCIAL AND CRITICAL SUCCESS Longlist includes two Guardian journalists, Xan Brooks and Paula Cocozza, and former Sunday Times Style columnist, Francesca Hornak Indie publisher Galley Beggar Press is longlisted for fifth year in a row with We That Are Young by Preti Taneja The […]




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MY FAVOURITE DEBUT: VIV GROSKOP

Continuing our series of Desmond Elliott Prize alumni’s favourite debuts, this week we have 2015 judge Viv Groskop. “My favourite debut has to be The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I read it when I was about sixteen which is, I think, the perfect age to discover it. It represents the qualities a lot of great debuts […]




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MY FAVOURITE DEBUT: LISA MCINERNEY

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be asking Desmond Elliott Prize alumni to tell us about their favourite debut novel of all time. This week, 2016 winner Lisa McInerney shares her love of David Keenan’s This Is Memorial Device. “This is such a tough question to answer, because there are so many […]




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Call for entries for prestigious £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize

Desmond Elliott Prize 2018

Entries are invited for ‘the most prestigious award for first-time novelists’ (Daily Telegraph) in the UK and Ireland, The Desmond Elliott Prize. The £10,000 Prize is presented in the name of the acclaimed publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, whose personal commitment to finding and nurturing new authors is commemorated with this award. The Desmond […]




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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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