Desmond Elliott Prize
Posted by alison at wakefieldlibraries
It’s always good to discover a new author and one of the best places to start is the Desmond Elliott Prize. The longlist for 2015 has been announced and includes books by debut authors that are already bestsellers and exciting titles that need this list to attract the attention they deserve. I loved The Miniaturist for it’s atmospheric portrait of 17th century Amsterdam, and The Bees (also on the Baileys Prize shortlist) is competing with A Song for Issy Bradley to be my next read. Have you read any of these books? Do post your views and reviews. The full list is
• The A to Z of You and Me by James Hannah (Doubleday)
• The Bees by Laline Paull (Fourth Estate)
• Chop Chop by Simon Wroe (Viking)
• Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Viking)
• Glass by Alex Christofi (Serpent’s Tail)
• The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (Picador)
• Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller (Fig Tree)
• Randall by Jonathan Gibbs (Galley Beggar Press)
• A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray (Hutchinson)
• The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound)
The Prize is presented in the name of the late, acclaimed publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, whose passion for finding and nurturing new authors is perpetuated by his Prize. Now in its eighth year, the award has an established record for spotting up-and-coming novelists in the UK and Ireland and propelling them to greater recognition and success. The 2014 winner was Eimear McBride, author of the much-garlanded and critically lauded A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. Other past winners include Grace McCleen, Anjali Joseph, Edward Hogan and Ali Shaw.
The shortlist will be announced on 15th May and the winner on 1st July.