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The Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction


Desmond Elliott PrizeThe 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."

The 2015 judging panel consists of bestselling author Louise Doughty, journalist and comedian Viv Groksop and Foyles' Web Editor, Jonathan Ruppin. A longlist of ten books will be announced in April and a shortlist in May. The winner will be revealed at a ceremony at Fortnum & Mason on 1 July 2015, where they will be presented with a cheque for £10,000.

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2014 Winner

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
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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
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Robert Allison
 
A stunning debut novel about wrongdoing in extreme conditions, and the meaning of identity, comradeship and survival
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2014 longlist

Idiopathy
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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
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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
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Nathan Filer
 
WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR 2013 WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS POPULAR FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014...
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Sedition
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Katharine Grant
 
London 1794. Revolution creeps across the channel, the coffee-houses brew gossip and the great City seethes with emigres, upstarts and opportunists. Among them, restless young women, two of whom want...
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The Dynamite Room
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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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The Spinning Heart
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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
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Sathnam Sanghera
 
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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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