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The Desmond Elliott Prize The Desmond Elliott Prize

STOP PRESS... Want to know more about the Desmond Elliot Prize and 2017 Longlist? Then sign up to the exclusive newsletter. 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. In this special category you can find all the books in this years award process and the recently announced winner. Click on a jacket to discover more.

Featured Books
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
The Glorious Heresies
Lisa McInerney
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Breakthrough Author Award 2016. Winner of the 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize. Winner...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester
The House at the Edge of the World
Julia Rochester
Shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2016. A wonderfully unconventional and thought-provoking read, where a mystery waiting to be...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/04/2016
Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea
Mrs Engels
Gavin McCrea
Shorlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Longlisted for the HWA Goldsboro Debut Crown Award Longlist 2016. ‘Mrs Engels’ is a stimulating and rather glorious peek at the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/02/2016
The Weightless World by Anthony Trevelyan
The Weightless World
Anthony Trevelyan
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Sharp, provocative, occasionally warped, this is a striking yet oh so readable debut novel. Steven Strauss and his boss Raymond Ess are on a business trip to buy an anti-gravity machine, and no,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/06/2015
Disclaimer by Renee Knight
Renee Knight
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. An absolutely stunning tale, one that walks a tightrope of tension, is at times uncomfortable, yet impossible to put down. A...
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2015
The Butcher's Hook by Janet Ellis
The Butcher's Hook
Janet Ellis
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. March 2016 MEGA Debut of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/02/2016
Things We Have in Common by Tasha Kavanagh
Things We Have in Common
Tasha Kavanagh
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. A disturbing and devastatingly compelling novel, ‘Things We Have In Common’ sucks you in whole and refuses to let you go...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/02/2016
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
Joanna Cannon
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Fiction and Breakthrough Author Award 2016. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016....
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/01/2016
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Sara Baume
Winner of the 2016 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. Slow starting first-person monologue that builds into a hypnotic tale which becomes utterly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 08/10/2015
The Honours by Tim Clare
The Honours
Tim Clare
Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. April 2015 NewGen Debut of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/04/2015
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Desmond Elliott’s own story began in an Irish orphanage. In 1947, aged 16 and with just two pounds in his pocket, he left for England to start his publishing career at Macmillan. Thereafter, he set up as an agent and subsequently went on to establish his own publishing company, Arlington Books, in 1960. The charismatic, witty and waspish Elliott – who drank only champagne, flew regularly by Concorde and used Fortnum & Mason as his local grocer – nurtured numerous blockbuster authors, including Jilly Cooper, Anthony Horowitz and Penny Vincenzi. He died in August 2003 at the age of 73.

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desmond elliott longlist

Gavin McCrea
Lisa McInerney
Julia Rochester
Sara Baume
Joanna Cannon
Tim Clare
Janet Ellis
Tasha Kavanagh
Renee Knight
Anthony Trevelyan