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Q&A with Luke Kennard

We spoke to Luke Kennard about his debut novel, The Transition, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the 10th anniversary Desmond Elliott Prize. What do you do with a generation who’ve had everything, but still can’t grow up? Welcome to The Transition. While taking part in The Transition couples spend six months living under […]




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Q&A with Paul Stanbridge

We spoke to Paul Stanbridge about his debut novel, Forbidden Line, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the 10th anniversary Desmond Elliott Prize. Don and Is career around Essex and London, tilting at windmills, abusing petrol station assistants, fighting with each other and everyone around them. They are on a quest – as far […]




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Q&A with Emma Flint

We spoke to Emma Flint about her debut novel, Little Deaths, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the 10th anniversary Desmond Elliott Prize. It’s the summer of 1965, and the streets of Queens, New York shimmer in a heatwave. One July morning, Ruth Malone wakes to find a bedroom window wide open and her […]




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Q&A with Alan McMonagle

We spoke to Alan McMonagle about his debut novel, Ithaca, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the 10th anniversary Desmond Elliott Prize. Summer 2009, and eleven-year-old Jason Lowry is preoccupied with thoughts of the Da he has never known. In the meantime, his vodka-swilling, swings-from-the-hip Ma is busy entertaining her latest boyfriend and indulging […]




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Q&A with Thomas Maloney

We spoke to Thomas Maloney about his debut novel, The Sacred Combe, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the 10th anniversary Desmond Elliott Prize. Aged twenty-five, London banker Samuel Browne wakes one day to discovers his wife has left him suddenly. He must start again, and alone. Chancing upon an elliptical job advert tucked inside […]




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Q&A with Kit de Waal

We spoke to Kit de Waal about her debut novel, My Name is Leon, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the 10th anniversary Desmond Elliott Prize. It’s 1981, a year of riots and royal weddings. The Dukes of Hazzard is on TV. Curly Wurlys are in the shops. And trying to find a place […]




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Q&A with Francis Spufford

We spoke to Francis Spufford about his debut novel, Golden Hill, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the 10th anniversary Desmond Elliott Prize. New York, a small town on the tip of Manhattan island, 1746. One rainy evening in November, a handsome young stranger fresh off the boat pitches up at a counting-house […]




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Q&A with Karl Geary

We spoke to Karl Geary about his debut novel, Montpelier Parade, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the 10th anniversary Desmond Elliott Prize. The house is on Montpelier Parade: just across town, but it might as well be in a different world. Then the back door eases open and she comes down the […]




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Q&A with David Savill

We spoke to David Savill about his debut novel, They Are Trying to Break Your Heart, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the 10th anniversary Desmond Elliott Prize. In 1994, Marko Novak’s world is torn apart by the death of his best friend. Kemal Lekic, a young soldier in the darkest days of the […]




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Q&A with Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

We spoke to Rowan Hisayo Buchanan about her debut novel, Harmless Like You, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the 10th anniversary Desmond Elliott Prize. When the meaning of ‘home’ is complicated, we strive for a sense of connection. Yet sometimes being alone feels like the easiest choice to make. In 1968 Yuki is 16 and has not […]




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