The Desmond Elliott Prize was founded in 2007 to celebrate the best 1st novel by a new author and to support writers just starting what will be long and glittering careers. It has succeeded in its mission in a manner that would make Elliott proud.
Preti Taneja's remarkable debut novel We That Are Young has been selected as the 2018 winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize for Debut Fiction. The novel was chosen as the best debut of the year and marks the second time independent publisher Galley Beggar Press has produced a Desmond Elliott Prize-winning novel.
The three novels shortlisted as a part of the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize were announced on the 27th April. All three of these books are in the running to win the £10,000 Prize and take the title of best debut novel of the year. All three of this year’s Shortlisted titles have a common theme. A preoccupation with the impact of social isolation whether it is by withdrawing from relationships, friends, colleagues or family.