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Desmond Elliott Prize shortlist announced

26th May 2011

The shortlist for the 2011 Desmond Elliott Prize, awarded each year to new writers to 'enrich their careers', has been announced.

Saraswati Park by Anjali Joseph, Stephen Kelman's Pigeon English and Boxer, Beetle by Ned Beauman comprise the shortlist for the award, which carries a GBP 10,000 prize.

Beauman and Joseph were both working as journalists when they wrote their first novel, while Kelman had just been made redundant from his position as a civil servant.

Judge Edward Stourton said that all three novels are worthy contenders for the prize

'In a strong field these three books stood out for very different reasons; one is startlingly original and written with compelling energy, one is subtle, complex and finely-woven, and one a remarkable imaginative achievement that deals with a difficult subject,' he added.

The winner of the prize will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday June 23rd at Fortnum & Mason in London.

Last year's Desmond Elliott Prize was won by Ali Shaw for The Girl with the Glass Feet, described by the judges as a 'bold, original, tragic and endlessly surprising' debut novel. 

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