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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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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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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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