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The Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction

The 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' then Head of Marketing, Miriam Robinson.

The 2016 winner, announced on June 22nd, was .  Lisa McInerney's The Glorious Heresies. Read the full story here.

 

 

 

2016 shortlist

Mrs Engels
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Gavin McCrea
 
In September 1871, a train leaves Manchester bound for London. On board is Lizzie Burns, a poor worker from the Irish slums, who is embarking on the journey that will...
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The Glorious Heresies
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Lisa McInerney
 
A big, bold debut from a true new Irish talent.
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The House at the Edge of the World
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Julia Rochester
 
John Venton's drunken fall from a Devon cliff leaves his family with an embarrassing ghost. His twin children, Morwenna and Corwin, flee in separate directions to take up their adult...
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2016 Longlist

The Honours
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Tim Clare
 
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The House at the Edge of the World
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Julia Rochester
 
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The Weightless World
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Anthony Trevelyan
 
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Spill Simmer Falter Wither
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Sara Baume
 
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Disclaimer
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Renee Knight
 
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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
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Joanna Cannon
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Things We Have in Common
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Tasha Kavanagh
 
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The Glorious Heresies
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Lisa McInerney
 
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The Butcher's Hook
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Janet Ellis
 
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Mrs Engels
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Gavin McCrea
 
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Previous Winners

2015 Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

2014 A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing by Eimear McBride

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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