The Desmond Elliott Prize champions new and emerging talent, supporting debut authors through the difficult second novel and enabling them to lead a successful career in writing.
Now in its 10th year, Foyles is delighted to be partnering with the Desmond Elliott Prize to commemorate the impact it has had on the publishing industry over the past decade. To celebrate we’re bringing together a panel of past winners to discuss the personal impact the prize has had on them and their careers.
Lisa McInerney won her second award in as many weeks when her novel The Glorious Heresies was named winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize in 2016. Set in post-crash Ireland and with a myriad cast, Lisa tells the story of returning exile Maureen, whose reappearance after forty years threatens the criminal empire her estranged son Jimmy has spent so long building. Since winning the prize, Lisa has gone on to publish her second novel, The Blood Miracles, a follow up to The Glorious Heresies.
Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller emerged triumphant as the best debut novel of the year in 2015. This dark story is set in the British survivalist movement of the 1970s, and features a father who keeps his daughter captive in the German wilderness for nine years, under the pretence that they are the last people alive on earth. Her second novel, Swimming Lessons, was published in January this year.
Written entirely in verse, Ros Barber’s debut novel The Marlowe Papers focuses on the enduring intrigue surrounding the authorship of the works of William Shakespeare and the mysterious, untimely death of Christopher Marlowe. In 2013 it won the Desmond Elliott Prize. Devotion was published in April last year.
Chairing the event is Jonathan Ruppin. Jonathan has been in the book trade for over 20 years, working for publishers, agents and bookshops, including many years at Foyles. He has been a judge on numerous literary awards and in 2015 he was on the panel that chose Claire Fuller as the winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize.
Come help us celebrate and look back on 10 years of the Desmond Elliott Prize.
Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road
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