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 embody: originality, freshness, urgency of voice and, of course, an intriguing dose of are-they-or-aren’t-they-real semi-autobiographical elements. It was an explosion of intimacy, pain and self-obsession that my blew my little teenage mind.”

Viv Groskop is a writer, stand-up comedian and presenter. I Laughed, I Cried (Orion), her 2013 memoir about her journey from journalist to stand-up comedian by doing 100 gigs in 100 consecutive nights, received rave reviews. On television she appears regularly on BBC2‘s Newsnight, BBC1 Breakfast and Sky News paper review. She’s a popular fixture on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Woman’s Hour, Front Row, Saturday Live and Saturday Review.

Find her on Twitter @VivGroskop.