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Q&A with Gail Honeyman

We spoke to Gail Honeyman about her debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two […]




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Q&A with Francesca Hornak

We spoke to Francesca Hornak about her debut novel, Seven Days of Us, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. It’s Christmas, and the Birch family is gathering for the first time in years. Emma is elated at having everybody under one roof, but her eldest child, Olivia is only […]




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Q&A with Preti Taneja

We spoke to Preti Taneja about her debut novel, We That Are Young, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Money, power, corruption and desire. Unimaginable wealth. Unspeakable hardship. A family divided. When Jivan Singh returns to his childhood home after a long absence, it’s only to witness the unexpected […]




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Q&A with Carmen Marcus

We spoke to Carmen Marcus about her debut novel, How Saints Die, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. Ellie Fleck has a question for everything – but there is one she cannot ask. Where have they taken her mother? Ten years old and irrepressibly curious, Ellie lives with her […]




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Q&A with Lucy Hughes-Hallett

We spoke to Lucy Hughes-Hallett about her debut novel, Peculiar Ground, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. It is 1663, and a wall is being built around a great house. Wychwood is an enclosed world, its ornamental lakes and majestic avenues planned by Mr Norris, landscape-maker. A world where […]




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Q&A with Paula Cocozza

We spoke to Paula Cocozza about her debut novel, How to be Human, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. When Mary arrives home from work one day to find a magnificent fox on her lawn – his ears spiked in attention and every hair bristling with his power to […]




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Q&A with Sally Rooney

We spoke to Sally Rooney about her debut novel, Conversations with Friends, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. ‘Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be […]




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Q&A with Xan Brooks

We spoke to Xan Brooks about his debut novel, The Clocks in this House all Tell Different Times, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. ‘Summer 1923: the modern world. Orphaned Lucy Marsh climbs into the back of an old army truck and is whisked off to the woods north […]




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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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