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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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MY FAVOURITE DEBUT: LISA MCINERNEY

Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be asking Desmond Elliott Prize alumni to tell us about their favourite debut novel of all time. This week, 2016 winner Lisa McInerney shares her love of David Keenan’s This Is Memorial Device. “This is such a tough question to answer, because there are so many […]




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Call for entries for prestigious £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize

Desmond Elliott Prize 2018

Entries are invited for ‘the most prestigious award for first-time novelists’ (Daily Telegraph) in the UK and Ireland, The Desmond Elliott Prize. The £10,000 Prize is presented in the name of the acclaimed publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, whose personal commitment to finding and nurturing new authors is commemorated with this award. The Desmond […]




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