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The Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction

 

D Elliott logo 2014The Desmond Elliott Prize, which aims to support new writers and to celebrate their fiction, was established in 2008 in honour of publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, one of the most charismatic and successful men in this field, who died in August 2003. He was best known as the man who persuaded Jilly Cooper to write novels.

To be eligible, the novel must be written in English and published in the UK. The prize is judged by a panel of three, who look for a novel with a compelling narrative, arresting character, and which is both vividly written and confidently realised. The winner is announced at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason, Desmond Elliott's local grocer.

The 2013 judging panel, which chose Ros Barber's verse novel The Marlowe Papers, included Foyles' Head of Marketing, Miriam Robinson.

The 2014 winner, announced on 3rd July, was A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride. Chair of the judges author Chris Cleave said, "It is the most untamed, most expertly crafted, most daring, most challenging and most moving human story I've read in years. Its language pulsates and adapts, disintegrating and resolving at will."

 

 

2014 Winner

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Eimear McBride
 
Tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour.
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2014 shortlist

The Letter Bearer
Robert Allison
 
A stunning debut novel about wrongdoing in extreme conditions, and the meaning of identity, comradeship and survival
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Ballistics
Ballistics (Hardback)
D. W. Wilson
 
Richard Ford meets E Annie Proulx in a deeply compelling, stunningly written story of fathers and sons, friendship and betrayal, by the winner of the BBC National Short Story Award...
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2014 longlist

The Letter Bearer
The Letter Bearer (Paperback)
Robert Allison
 
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Idiopathy
Idiopathy (Paperback)
Sam Byers
 
Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel award 2013, this bitterly humorous debut is a novel of love, narcissism, and ailing cattle.
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Meeting the English
Kate Clanchy
 
It's the searing hot summer of 1989 and revolution is in the air -- though not just for the Prys family ...
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The Shock of the Fall
Nathan Filer
 
WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013 'I'll tell you what happened because it will be a good...
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Sedition
Sedition (Hardback)
Katharine Grant
 
Motherless Alathea Sawneyford, her charms grown disturbing as she rebels against her father, has made the city's streets her own, while Annie Cantabile is ...
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The Dynamite Room
Jason Hewitt
 
A German soldier takes an 11-year-old girl hostage in her Suffolk home in July 1940. But why does he look so familiar? And how does he know her name?
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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
Eimear McBride
Driven to despair by the intimate traumas of family, a nameless woman uses her sexuality as a weapon and shield.
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The Spinning Heart
The Spinning Heart (Paperback)
Donal Ryan
 
In the aftermath of Ireland's financial collapse, dangerous tensions surface in an Irish town. As violence flares, the characters face a battle between public persona and inner desires. This book...
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Marriage Material
Sathnam Sanghera
 
A prominent window advert for a discontinued chocolate bar suggests the shop may have closed in 1994. The security shutters are stuck a quarter-open, adding to the general air of...
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Ballistics
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D. W. Wilson
 
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Previous Winners


2013 The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber

2012 The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

2011 Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph

2010 The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

2009 Blackmoor by Edward Hogan

2008 Gifted by Nikita Lalwani

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