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Claire Adam reflects on the Desmond Elliott Prize

2019 Desmond Elliott Prize Winner Claire Adam

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.

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MY FAVOURITE DEBUT: ROS BARBER

It’s time to discover another dazzling debut, thanks to our Desmond Elliott Prize alumni. Today we hear from author, poet, scholar and 2013’s winner, Dr. Ros Barber. “Debuts are rarely the first thing a writer has written and there is usually a long apprenticeship behind that first novel. In George Saunders’ case he was well-established […]

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A signal of significance

Juliet Annan, Publishing Director of Fig Tree, on why the Desmond Elliott Prize matters Claire Fuller’s debut novel Our Endless Numbered Days (2015) was always going to be an exciting debut, as Claire’s subject matter, the fantastic, atmospheric writing and the sheer suspense and clever plotting were so stand-out. She was picked by the Observer […]

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Notes on Writing my Third Novel by Claire Fuller

Today marks the publication of Bitter Orange (Fig Tree), the third novel by our 2015 winner Claire Fuller. The novel has already received rave reviews from the Guardian and The Sunday Times and will no doubt go on to garner many more. To celebrate its release, Claire shared some insight into the writing process with […]

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MY FAVOURITE DEBUT: TOM GATTI

It’s that time again to discover another dazzling debut, thanks to our Desmond Elliott Prize alumni. Today we hear from Head of Books and Features for the New Statesman and 2012 judge of the Prize, Tom Gatti. ” “Crassly explicit”; “gloatingly sadistic”; “repulsive”; “a work of unparalleled depravity”. I remember vividly flicking through the quotes […]

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MY FAVOURITE DEBUT: GRACE MCCLEEN

It’s that time again to discover another dazzling debut, thanks to our Desmond Elliott Prize alumni. Today we hear from author, musician, artist and winner of the 2012 prize, Grace McCleen. “One of the most remarkable debuts and probably the one I love best is Wuthering Heights. Emily Brontë’s only novel, it was published in […]

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