The shortlist for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2009, the award for a first novel published in the UK, was announced on Tuesday 26 May 2009. The line-up featured three outstanding first novels described by the judges as “three haunting books, all gripping in different ways.” Edward Hogan, Nathalie Abi-Ezzi and Anthony Quinn from Derby, Lebanon and Liverpool respectively, all use their homelands as the backdrop for their novels.
- Blackmoor by Edward Hogan (Simon & Schuster)
- A Girl Made of Dust by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi (Fourth Estate)
- The Rescue Man by Anthony Quinn (Jonathan Cape)
Candida Lycett Green, on behalf of the judges, commented:
“We have been both entertained and inspired by the quality of writing amongst the contenders for this year’s shortlist and it was very difficult to decide on a final three. The result is a shortlist of three haunting books, all gripping in different ways while dealing with the complications of love and life in extremis. Together they are a celebration of new writing of which Desmond Elliott would be proud.”