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Desmond Elliot Prize 2010 longlist published

14th April 2010

The longlist for the 2010 Desmond Elliot Prize has been published and the backgrounds of this year's nominees could not be more diverse.

A high-flying advertising guru, David Abbott, an acclaimed poet, Jacob Polley, and an esteemed academic, Matthew Reynolds, are all in the running for the prestigious accolade (the full longlist can be found below).

In its third year, the Desmond Elliot Prize is quickly establishing itself as being at the forefront of English-language literature in the UK.

The longlist includes ten first novels and, after careful consideration from the judges, this will be whittled down to just three titles when the shortlist is published on May 26th.

Less than a month later (June 23rd), an overall winner will be chosen.

The judges presiding over the competition include author and journalist Elizabeth Buchan, who will chair the panel; independent bookseller James Daunt and the literary editor of the Observer William Skidelsky.

With the aim of enriching the careers of new writers, the Desmond Elliot Prize boasts a GBP 10,000 cash reward.

Previous winners of the prize include Edward Hogan, whose book Blackmoor was described by the Independent as 'subtle' and 'magic', and Nikita Lalwani, who scooped the prize in 2008 with Gifted.

Desmond Elliot Prize 2010 full longlist:

The Upright Piano Player by David Abbott
Before the Earthquake by Maria Allen
The Hungry Ghosts by Anne Berry
Rupture by Simon Lelic
The Shadow of a Smile by Kachi A. Ozumba
Talk of the Town by Jacob Polley
The Breaking of Eggs by Jim Powell
Designs for a Happy Home by Matthew Reynolds
Beauty by Raphael Selbourne
The Girl with Glass Feet by Ali Shaw

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