We spoke to Sally Rooney about her debut novel, Conversations with Friends, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. ‘Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be […]
We spoke to Xan Brooks about his debut novel, The Clocks in this House all Tell Different Times, and what it’s like to be longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize. ‘Summer 1923: the modern world. Orphaned Lucy Marsh climbs into the back of an old army truck and is whisked off to the woods north […]
Entries are invited for ‘the most prestigious award for first-time novelists’ (Daily Telegraph) in the UK and Ireland, The Desmond Elliot Prize, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017. The £10,000 Prize is presented in the name of the acclaimed publisher and literary agent Desmond Elliott, whose personal commitment to finding and nurturing new authors […]
This year’s Desmond Elliott Prize-winner, The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney, has been optioned for television by the boutique drama production company Fifty Fathoms. Fifty Fathoms’ recent productions include Marvellous, Pete Bowker’s film for BBC2 starring Toby Jones and Gemma Jones; Fortitude, Simon Donald’s crime thriller for Sky Atlantic and Pivot, set in the Arctic […]
Chair of Judges calls on publishers to support editors as they work “in partnership” with their writers to grow their careers Lisa McInerney won her second award in as many weeks tonight (Wednesday 22nd June) when her novel The Glorious Heresies was named winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 at a ceremony in London. Set in […]
Literary agent Juliet Mushens, who represents last year’s Desmond Elliott Prize longlisted author Jessie Burton, tells us all about her own ‘big break’.
Claire Fuller, winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015, talks about her experience at the Festival du Premier Roman A couple of weeks ago I went to Chambéry in France, where I had been invited to speak at the Festival du Premier Roman, an annual literary festival all about debut novels. The organisers bring together 15 French […]
Gavin McCrea’s debut novel Mrs Engels has been shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and longlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. We talked to him about the novel’s journey to publication, and his experiences as a debut author
Lisa McInerney’s debut novel The Glorious Heresies has been shortlisted for both the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016 and the Baileys Prize 2016. We talked to her about the novel’s journey to publication, and her experiences as a debut author.
Julia Rochester’s debut novel The House at the Edge of the World has been shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2016. We talked to her about the novel’s journey to publication, and her experiences as a debut author.